"You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well." - Terri Guillemets
The opportunities to hike on Mount Hood without snowshoes is quickly fading away.In the past week, fresh snow had fallen in higher elevations across the state of Oregon. With a new pair of hiking boots that needed to be broken in, a sunny fall day was the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy while the getting was good.
Little Zigzag Falls is a short, but beautiful hike along the Zigzag River in the Mount Hood National Forest. One of those hidden little gems, away from the crowds that seem to flock to more well known trailheads. In fact, we ended up here because there was no parking available at Mirror Lake, which was our intended destination.
We arrived and found an empty parking lot at the trailhead. The sun shone through the trees but a definite chill hung in the air, so we bundled up and headed out on the trail.
Not far up the trail, we were greeted by red huckleberry bushes covered in dew. They looked more like a piece of jewelry, encrusted with diamonds and they shimmered in the minimal sunlight.
Speaking of berries, we also ran across some smooth sumac, which had just started to change color.
About a quarter of a mile in, we were greeted by a waterfall that roared. The best part - we did not have to share it with another soul. My idea of heaven!
It was much less of a hike and more of a nature walk, we all enjoyed ourselves and left with a sense of peace. A great addition to any itinerary for exploring Mount Hood.