Here’s a refreshing side trip: Little Zigzag Falls. A relaxing there-and-back hike in the cool shadows of the Mount Hood National Forest, this is a perfect spot for a calming woodland stroll. Especially when the Oregon summer heat kicks in, as the trail is accessible from April until October.
The trail is only a mile round-trip with enough interest along the way to make it ideal for all ages. It’s located near Government Camp, and runs through a shady forest along a gorgeous, cool mountain stream. The hike highlight is, of course, the Zigzag Falls - a 40-foot-high tiered waterfall.
With the relatively short distance to the falls and fairly level terrain, the trail is perfect for a short nature-walk, family excursion, or a picnic. Also, there’s a little bit of historic craftsmanship to enjoy…a 1920's-era bridge at the trailhead marking the original Mount Hood Highway.
Directions: From north slung U.S. 26, turn on Forest Road 39. This is signed for the Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp, at milepost 48.63 as marked on the highway. Drive about 2.3 miles to the road’s end and trailhead.
A $5 day pass or a Northwest Forest Pass is required to park. Click the Learn More button for details, including where to purchase a pass.