The first 0.7 miles of the West Zigzag Mountain Trail is the steepest, and once the first switchback is reached, the trail makes a gradual traverse until it reaches West Zigzag Mountain and the Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. Rhododendrons bloom, intensely along the trail in late June. By hiking west 0.1 miles on the Zigzag Mountain Trail, an abandoned lookout site offering great views to the south is reaches. One can hike in either direction along the ridgetop of Zigzag Mountain Trail and find outstanding 360 degree views as well as wildflower displays.
An outstanding 10.5 mile loop featuring a wide variety of wildflowers and mountain views can be made by combining the West Zigzag Mountain Trail with the Zigzag Mountain Trail and the Burnt Lake Trail #772. This loop may be shortened by using Devil's Tie Trail #767 as a shortcut back to the Burnt Lake Trail. The West Zigzag Mountain Trail also provides access to the Horseshoe Ridge Trail by traveling about two miles east on the Zigzag Mountain Trail.
Directions: From Sandy, Travel east on Highway 26 1.6 miles past Rhododendron to Road 2627, located on the north side of the highway. Follow 2627 4.3 miles to its end at the trailhead.
Distance: 2.4 miles
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