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US Forest Service, Zigzag Ranger District
The Mt. Hood National Forest is located twenty miles east of the greater Portland area and the northern Willamette River valley. The Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. There are 20 campgrounds on the Zigzag Ranger District closest to the mountain.
There are over 1000 miles of trails on the Mt. Hood National Forest. The best way to narrow down your choices is to check out REI sponsored www.hikingproject.com, a free mobile friendly trail guide with maps, directions, photos, descriptions and googlemap like tracking while you hike. Once you register on the site and select and download your hiking area, it will keep trail data in your phone even without cell phone coverage. Another option is to find trails on the Mt. Hood National Forest website and scroll down to the Zigzag District where most of the trails closest to the mountain are listed.