Little Zigzag Falls, Government Camp

4.8
#2 of 9 in Wildlife in Clackamas County
The Little Zigzag River is a tributary, about 5mi long, of the Zigzag River in the U.S. state of Oregon. The Zigzag and Little Zigzag drain the Zigzag Glacier on Mount Hood, a high volcanic peak in the Cascade Range. Their combined waters flow westward to meet the Sandy River near the community of Zigzag. Little Zigzag Falls, a popular hiking destination, is on the river near U.S. Route 26 east of Zigzag.
The river begins at the head of Little Zigzag Canyon at the southern end of the Zigzag Glacier on Mount Hood. The upper stretches of the river lie within the Mount Hood Wilderness, which is part of the Mount Hood National Forest. To the river's right are the Mississippi Head escarpment, the head of Zigzag Canyon, and the source of the Zigzag River, which also drains Zigzag Glacier. To the Little Zigzag's left is the Palmer Glacier. From its source, the river flows southwest and crosses the Timberline Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) slightly west of Timberline Lodge.
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  • Almost missed this fun hike. No real signs for it. I followed directions given out at the info center in Government Camp. I arrived and left to two kids having fun moving rocks down off a rock face...  more »
  • This looks more like a creek but the speed with which the volume of water moves makes it a river. Huckleberry bushes and beautiful wildflowers line the path to the falls. Nice parking area. Near a por...  more »
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  • Cute, quick, little hike with the best waterfall at the end. Easy for children and people of all ages. Dog friendly. Would recommend to everyone!
  • A short little hike, easy for littles. The trail follows the river. Very beautiful and relaxing. A good picnic spot too.
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