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Description - Covering the eastern and middle section of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Zigzag Ranger District offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation and beautiful scenery. Activities include fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, huckleberry picking, and boating. The Olallie Lake Scenic area provides extraordinary views of Mount Jefferson in addition to several lakes for fisherman and boaters to enjoy. The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, also a part of this ranger district, is steep and rocky and dissected by the Salmon River and Eagle Creek. Many visitors enjoy huckleberry picking in this wilderness.

Attractions - The Zigzag Ranger District features the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, which offers huckleberry picking and is dissected by the Salmon River and Eagle Creek. The Olallie Lake Scenic Area also provides excellent fishing and boating as well as campgrounds and trails for visitors to enjoy.

Recreation - Recreation in this ranger district includes fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, huckleberry picking, and boating.

Climate - Climate on the Mt. Hood changes with elevation.The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - Located in the eastern and middle portions of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Zigzag Ranger District can be accessed from Highway 26 and Primary Forest Routes 42, 58, 46 and 57.


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Contact Information:
Zigzag Ranger Station, 70220 E. Highway 26 , Zigzag, OR, 97049, Phone: 503-622-3191 or 503-668-1704

Additional Information:
Mount Hood National Forest - Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland and the northern Willamette River Valley, the Mt. Hood extends south from the Columbia River Gorge, across forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area.

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