Little Zigzag Falls

Little Zigzag Falls

I absolutely loved the trail to Little Zigzag Falls! It hugs the river almost the whole way to the waterfall, and it’s very scenic. Plus, it’s short and easy.

This sign at the beginning of the trail might explain why I so enjoy hiking to waterfalls!

The waterfall itself is not all that spectacular, but with such great access to the river, there is plenty of fun to be found.

A view of the river along the trail


My rating: Highly Recommended (3 stars) (Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 4 stars, Experience – 3 stars)

Distance from Beaverton: About an hour and a half drive east

Nearest town: Government Camp

Nearest city: Portland

County: Clackamas

Length of round-trip hike: About .6 mile

Best season to visit: Since this waterfall is located on Mt. Hood, the area will have snow in the winter and maybe even the spring. So if you visit outside of summer, be prepared for that possibility. We visited in July, and it was delightful.

Things to know: A recreation pass is required to park at the trailhead May 15-Oct. 1.

Consider combining this trip with: Yocum Falls or Devil Canyon Falls

Toilet / Amenities: None

How to get there:

  • From Rhododendron, drive 4 miles east on Hwy 26. (From Yocum Falls, drive 2.2 miles west.)
  • Turn onto Forest Service Road 2639 (Kiwanis Camp Road).
  • Follow the road to its end (approximately 2.25 miles).

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