Zigzag Mountain

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Zigzag Mountain
Zigzag Mountain is located in Oregon
Zigzag Mountain
Zigzag Mountain
Location in Oregon
Highest point
Elevation 5004+ ft (1525+ m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 480 ft (146 m) [2]
Parent peak Mount Hood[1]
Coordinates 45°20′46″N 121°50′17″W / 45.3462296°N 121.838134°W / 45.3462296; -121.838134Coordinates: 45°20′46″N 121°50′17″W / 45.3462296°N 121.838134°W / 45.3462296; -121.838134[3]
Location Clackamas County, Oregon, U.S.
Parent range Cascades
Topo map USGS Government Camp

Zigzag Mountain is a volcanic mountain in Clackamas County in the U.S. state of Oregon.[3] It is located 7.1 miles (11.4 km) west-southwest of Mount Hood, 5.2 miles (8.4 km) northwest of Government Camp, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) east of Zigzag, and north of the Zigzag River. Because of its proximity to Mount Hood, it is considered a foothill.

The highest peak has an elevation of over 5,007 feet (1,526 m).[2] Another peak, East Zigzag, is 4,973 feet (1,516 m) and was the site of a United States Forest Service fire lookout station which was destroyed prior to 1970.[4] The mountain is capped by Pliocene andesite and basalt.[5]

The "Zigzag" name used was apparently derived from Oregon pioneer Joel Palmer's description of the zigzagging route he used to descend from Mount Hood's Zigzag Canyon (in which Zigzag Glacier is located) and on down what is now Zigzag Mountain.[6]


  1. ^ "Key Col for Zigzag Mountain". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Zigzag Mountain, Oregon". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Zigzag Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Zigzag". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Mount Hood, Oregon". USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory. Archived from the original on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (1992) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (6th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-237-2.