West Zigzag Mountain Trail #789
ElevationAscent: 1,341' 409 m
Descent: -202' -62 m
High: 4,434' 1,351 m
Low: 3,284' 1,001 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“West Zigzag Mountain provides access to the Zigzag Mountain Trail and Cast Lake Trail #796.”— Kathleen Walker
From the parking lot at the end of Forest Road 2627 on Enola Hill, the West Zigzag Mountain Trail starts out for the first 1/4 of a mile relatively flat, and then climbs steeply for another 3/4 mile, levels off and drops into a shallow drainage, before climbing gradually to the ridgeline of Zigzag Mountain for the last 0.9 miles.
It is a short hike along the ridgeline to reach some stellar views. You can also access the old footings of the Zigzag Mountain lookout a short distance to the west.
For an 8.4-mile clockwise loop, at the north end of this trail, go right (east) on Zigzag Mountain Trail #775 for 3.5 miles to its junction with Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Go right (south) on Devil’s Tie Trail #767 for 0.3 miles to its junction with Burnt Lake Trail #772. Go right (southwest) on Burnt Lake Trail #772 for 2.4 miles to return to the trailhead.
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