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    Difficulty
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    Hard
    Elevation
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    885 m
    Distance
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    10.1 km
    Duration
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    4-6h
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    Zig Zag Trail

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    Table of contents

    Zig Zag Trail is a moderately trafficked out-and-back trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that is rated as hard. The hike leads to a viewpoint with an old truck.

    This hike is a leg-burner, so bring poles if you have them. We also recommend hiking in groups as many hikers report seeing either bears or bear scat on this route. Bug spray is also recommended.

    Route Description for Zig Zag Trail

    Zig Zag Trail is a hike with solid effort required, packing steep elevation gain into a 10.0 km trail. The trail leads to a viewpoint with an old abandoned truck. Users tend to be split on this hike; some enjoy it, some don’t find it worth the hard work. Come find out for yourself!

    The trail begins from the south side of the road, heading out into the forest on Hall Creek Trail. Approach the bridge, not crossing but hiking up to where the official trailhead is. The section of trail through the forest is the steepest and doesn’t offer all that much for views, so just work to get through it.

    Continue to a gravel road that leads you to the lookout and the truck. This section is a bit flatter and offers a nice respite. Once you’re done, retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Zig Zag Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Zig Zag Trail is across from the Olallie State Park South Fork Picnic Area on SE Homestead Valley Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      No

    • When to do:

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:

      No

    • Route Signage:

      Average

    • Crowd Levels:

      Moderate

    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Zig Zag Trail Elevation Graph

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