Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Zig Zag Lake
link

Zig Zag Lake

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens
View map below

Length

1.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 730 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.

Rating

3.17 out of 5

(6 votes) Log in to rate
 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

A rare alpine lake in the southern part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Zig Zag Lake may be difficult to get to, but solitude is likely to be your reward. 

Set at the bottom of a cirque, this tarn is the remnant of a retreating glacier.  The surrounding forest is filled with mature Douglas-fir and hemlock, as well as scattered old-growth giants hanging on to the steep hillside. 

The trail starts at an arête and descends through a cool forest. Fortunately, this slip and slide pumice trail descent is only a half-mile. Trout jumping adds to the picture. 

 

Zig Zag Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.8464, -122.1112 Open map in new window

Trailhead

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

Zig Zag Lake (#191)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

See weather forecast

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hike: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Lookout Mountain No. 396 map

Getting There

From Battleground, it is 33 miles to the trailhead. Drive to Moulton Falls then take NE Sunset Falls Road to Sunset Campground. FR 42 starts here. Drive this graded road for 4.5 miles until it becomes heavily potholed and rutted, then continue another 2.5 miles to the trailhead. For the last section of road, a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

From Carson, drive north on Wind River Road for 8.4 miles to Stabler. Turn left (west) on Hemlock Road, cross the river, and bear right on Forest Road 54. Continue for 6 miles on Forest Road 54 then turn left onto Forest Road 42. Drive 7 miles west to the trailhead on the right.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Zig Zag Lake

7 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports