The trailhead at Zig Zag is not generally accessible from November to May due to snow blocking the road. The lower trailhead at Corporation is generally accessible year round.
Need to Know
Parking at both ends of the trail. No restroom at the upper Zig Zag Trailhead.
Access to the upper trailhead is easy in any vehicle. Heading east on the Weston-Elgin Hwy 204, turn onto McDougal Camp Road just past milepost 14. The road become Forest Service #3715. Drive on a good graveled road for about three miles to the end. The ZigZag Spring trailhead has recently been repaired and directional signage added.
This trail passes through the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. The Grouse Mountain Trail starts at the point that the Lick Creek Trail turns downslope.
The lower trail best accessed at the trailhead for the North Fork Umatilla River Trail #3083. It has parking and toilet. Approximately 100' up this trail take the Corp/Buck Tie Trail to the left that loops back to connect with Lick Creek after about 3/4 mile. This lower section is an easy steady contour climb up the canyon. A separate trailhead is located about a 1/4 mile back on the road. It is signed and gives you directed access to the upper trail.