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Zigzag in Oregon

By Linda Tancs

Named for the switchbacks early settlers used to traverse its river canyon, Zigzag, Oregon, sits right in the middle of Mt. Hood National Forest along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. It’s regarded by many as a gateway to this million-acre playground of forested mountains, creeks, alpine lakes and lush wildflower meadows, boasting plenty of campsites and trailheads. And, of course, the icing on the cake is glacier-topped Mt. Hood, the highest point and mountain peak in the state. Visit the U.S. Forest Service office on OR-35 for trail maps, recreation passes and forest product permits.

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