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Zigzag is the name of an unincorporated tourist-oriented community within the Mt. Hood region, located along Highway 26 between the towns of Rhododendron and Welches. One of the ranger stations for the Mount Hood National Forest is located in Zigzag, found inside a cabin that was built in the early 1900s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of Rhododendron shares the same zip code with Zigzag, and the name is also applied to the crystal clear Zigzag River and the Zigzag Glacier on top of Mt. Hood. The National Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of gorgeous forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area, which is a high lake basin beneath Mt. Jefferson that provides a primitive recreational experience. Altogether, the Mt. Hood National Forest encompasses 1,067, 043 acres. Of the many activities to enjoy in the Zigzag area, the following are some of the most popular; hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and wintertime skiing and snowboarding. Snowmobiles are not allowed in the wilderness areas. Berry picking and mushroom hunting are also popular. Attractions within the Mt. Hood region include Timberline Lodge on top of Mt. Hood, Lost Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail. A word of caution if you are visiting in the wintertime - weather conditions can change rapidly on the mountain.

Surrounding areas: Cascade Locks, Oregon (22.7 mi), Sandy, Oregon (24.3 mi), Powell Butte, Oregon (28.9 mi), Hood River, Oregon (33.1 mi), Portland, Oregon (36.0 mi)

Zigzag Vacation Rentals

Zigzag Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Resort At The Mountain68010 E Fiarway AveWelches, OR1.4 mi.(503) 622-3101
MT Hood Inn87450 E Government CP LoopGovernment Camp, OR9.6 mi.(503) 272-3205
Timberline LodgeTimberline RdGovernment Camp, OR9.6 mi.(503) 622-0715
Timberline Lodge/ski AreaSki AreaGovernment Camp, OR9.6 mi.(503) 272-3706
Best Western Sandy Inn37465 Hwy 26 EastSandy, OR15.9 mi.(503) 668-7100
Alton L Collins Retreat Center32867 Se Hwy 211Eagle Creek, OR20.2 mi.(503) 637-6411
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort1252 Cascade DrN Bonneville, WA21.4 mi.(509) 427-7767
Best Western Columbia River Inn735 Wanapa StCascade Locks, OR22.7 mi.(541) 374-8777
Timbers200 SW Cascade AveStevenson, WA24.2 mi.(509) 427-5656
Econo Lodge40 Ne 2ND StStevenson, WA24.5 mi.(509) 427-5628
Skamania Lodge1131 Skamania LDG WayStevenson, WA24.5 mi.(509) 427-2635
Howard Johnson Inn1572 NE Burnside RdGresham, OR25.5 mi.(503) 666-9545
Quality Inn Gresham1545 Ne Burnside StGresham, OR25.5 mi.(503) 666-9545
Holiday Inn Portland/Gresham2752 NE Hogan DrGresham, OR25.7 mi.(503) 907-1777
Best Western Pony Soldier Inn Gresham1060 E Cleveland AveGresham, OR25.8 mi.(503) 665-1591
Days Inn & Suites24124 Se Stark StGresham, OR25.8 mi.(800) 788-8924
Comfort Inn & Suites Troutdale477 NW Phoenix DrTroutdale, OR25.8 mi.(503) 669-6500
Burns West Motel790 NW FrontageTroutdale, OR25.9 mi.(503) 667-6212
Inn America A Budget Motel1000 NW Graham RdTroutdale, OR25.9 mi.(800) 469-4667
Canby Inn463 SW First Ave Hwy 99eGresham, OR26.0 mi.(503) 266-5400
Mcmenamins Edgefield2126 SW Halsey StTroutdale, OR26.2 mi.(503) 669-8610
Best Western Rama Inn23525 Ne HalseyTroutdale, OR26.8 mi.(503) 491-9700
Wood Village Shilo Inn2522 Ne 238TH DrWood Village, OR26.8 mi.(503) 641-6565
Econo Lodge18323 Se Stark StPortland, OR28.5 mi.(800) 426-3666
Travelers Inn & Suites121 Ne 181ST AvePortland, OR28.7 mi.(503) 661-5100
Comfort Suites1477 Ne 183RD AveGresham, OR29.0 mi.(877) 771-7769
Four Points Hotel By Sheraton Portland East1919 Ne 181ST AvePortland, OR29.1 mi.(503) 491-1818
Days Inn Portland East/Gresham2261 NE 181st AvePortland, OR29.3 mi.(503) 618-8400
Hawthorn Inn & Suites2323 Ne 181ST AvePortland, OR29.3 mi.(503) 492-4000
Extended Stay America17777 NE Sacramento StPortland, OR29.4 mi.(503) 661-0226
Hampton Inn3039 Ne 181ST AvePortland, OR29.4 mi.(503) 669-7000

Zigzag Weather & Climate

Northwest Oregon, near Portland, enjoys a mild climate with only occasional severe weather elements such as tornadoes, hailstorms, or high winds. The single most important factor in the climate is the Pacific Ocean. Due to the normal movement of air masses from west to east, most of the systems moving across Oregon have been modified extensively after traveling over the Pacific Ocean. As a result, winter temperatures and summer maximum temperatures are greatly moderated. However, the northwestern corner of the state does receive abundant rainfall. Near the coast, the average annual snowfall is only one to three inches, with many years in which there is no measurable amount at all. Hailstorms occur each year, but are generally light and cover small areas. The north coastal area has the least amount of sunshine each year, while the southeast corner of the state has the most.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 24°F 12.86 in. -
February 38°F 25°F 10.23 in. -
March 41°F 27°F 8.50 in. -
April 45°F 30°F 7.54 in. -
May 52°F 35°F 5.20 in. -
June 59°F 40°F 3.80 in. -
July 67°F 46°F 1.36 in. -
August 68°F 46°F 1.61 in. -
September 62°F 42°F 3.60 in. -
October 53°F 36°F 6.51 in. -
November 40°F 29°F 13.13 in. -
December 35°F 24°F 14.38 in. -

Zigzag Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Portland Troutdale airport (TTD) located about 26 miles northwest of Zigzag in Portland, Oregon, the Portland International airport (PDX) located approximately 35 miles northwest of Zigzag in Portland, Oregon, the Aurora State airport (UAO) located roughly 40 miles west of Zigzag in Aurora, Oregon, the Columbia Gorge Regional The Dalles Municipal airport (DLS) located around 42 miles east of Zigzag in The Dalles, Oregon, the Portland Hillsboro airport (HIO) located about 50 miles west of Zigzag in Hillsboro ( Portland ), Oregon, the Scappoose Industrial Airpark airport (SPB) located approximately 53 miles northwest of Zigzag in Scappoose, Oregon, the Mc Minnville Municipal airport (MMV) located roughly 58 miles west of Zigzag in Mcminnville, Oregon, Mcnary Field (SLE) located around 59 miles west of Zigzag in Salem, Oregon, and finally the City County airport (S33) located about 60 miles southeast of Zigzag in Madras, Oregon.

Zigzag Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Oaks Amusement ParkPortlandOR37.6 mi.
Enchanted ForestTurnerOR60.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Springwater Golf CourseEstacadaOR19.4 mi.
Beacon Rock Public GolfNorth BonnevilleWA19.8 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf CourseEagle CreekOR19.8 mi.
Greanlee Golf CourseBoringOR21.6 mi.
Mountain View Golf ClubBoringOR21.6 mi.
Gresham Golf CourseGreshamOR25.7 mi.
Persimmon Country ClubGreshamOR25.7 mi.
Oregon City Golf ClubOregon CityOR29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR9.6 mi.
Cooper SpurPortlandOR37.6 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR37.6 mi.
Mount BachelorBendOR94.0 mi.
Willamette PassEugeneOR105.5 mi.
State Parks
Ainsworth State ParkOR17.8 mi. 
Benson State ParkOR17.8 mi. 
McLoughlin State ParkOR18.1 mi. 
Shepperds Dell State ParkOR18.1 mi. 
Bridal Veil Falls State ParkOR18.3 mi. 
John B Yeon State ParkOR18.5 mi. 
George W Joseph State ParkOR18.6 mi. 
Guy W Talbot State ParkOR18.6 mi. 
Rooster Rock State ParkOR19.4 mi. 
Crown Point State ParkOR19.7 mi. 
Portland Womens Forum State ParkOR19.7 mi. 
Bonneville State ParkOR19.8 mi. 
Sheridan State ParkOR20.5 mi. 
Bonnie Lure State ParkOR20.8 mi. 
Milo McIver State ParkOR21.0 mi. 
Beacon Rock State ParkWA22.1 mi. 
Dabney State ParkOR22.9 mi. 
Lang Forest State ParkOR24.6 mi. 
Lewis and Clark State ParkOR24.8 mi. 
Wyeth State ParkOR25.3 mi. 
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive CenterOregon CityOR32.2 mi.(History)
International Museum of Carousel ArtHood RiverOR32.3 mi.(Art)
Oregon Historical SocietyPortlandOR37.6 mi.(History)
Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryPortlandOR37.6 mi.(Science)
Bathtub Art MuseumPortlandOR37.6 mi.(Art)
Portland Art MuseumPortlandOR37.6 mi.(Art)
Oregon State Archives Online ExhibitSalemOR60.0 mi.(History)
Hallie Ford Museum of ArtSalemOR60.0 mi.(Art)
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery VillageSalemOR60.0 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Oregon ZooPortlandOR37.6 mi.
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA106.4 mi.

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