Cast Creek Trail #773
ElevationAscent: 2,633' 803 m
Descent: -193' -59 m
High: 4,559' 1,389 m
Low: 2,076' 633 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“The Cast Creek Trail provides access to Zigzag Mountain vistas and Cast Lake.”— Kathleen Walker
Once at the top of the monotonous, though not punishing, climb to Zigzag Mountain, Cast Creek Trail offers nice views in the rhododendron openings. The trail tops out on the ridgeline and then drops over the other side a short ways to the end of the trail and the intersection with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. At this point, you could continue west (right) on Trail #775 for 500 feet to the Cast Lake Trail #796 and continue 1/2 mile to Cast Lake. Or you could turn east (left) on Trail #775 and run the 1/2 mile along the ridgeline to one of the peak points along Zigzag Mountain to get more spectacular views of Mt. Hood and surrounding 360-degree vistas. Return back on the Cast Creek Trail or consider a longer 12 mile loop trail using Zigzag Mountain #775 and Horseshoe Ridge Trail #774 which will return you to Riley Horse Campground just below the entrance.
The Cast Creek Trail is open to horses and some equestrians from the horse camp use the trail. However, this trail receives much less use that other nearby Mt. Hood Wilderness Trails like Burnt Lake and Ramona Falls. If you encounter horses, those on foot must yield. Step to the downside hill of the trail, give them plenty of leeway, and don’t make sudden movements or loud noises.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict