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Ascent of Zigzag 2 on 2015-05-02

Climber: Ryan Kusche

Date:Saturday, May 2, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Zigzag 2
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:4877 ft / 1486 m

Ascent Trip Report

Used this loop as sort of a feeler for our full backpack weight in anticipation of doing the Loowit Trail (Mt St Helens) or the Timberline trail around Mt Hood. Was surprised to find our up route considerably less popular than I imagined. Lots of bear grass and rhododendrons but not a person in sight till above Cast Lake. Great clear views of Hood and especially ridges to the south. Did not hit true Zig Zag as the last bit would have been in slushy snow and we were staying on the safe side with time. Did see some pretty big tracks but unable to say if they were melted out dog prints or black bear definitively.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2367 ft / 720 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2367 ft / 721 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2187 ft / 666 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1572 ft / 479 m; Extra: 615 ft / 187m
    Loss on way in:615 ft / 187 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Start Trailhead:3305 ft / 1007 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1752 ft / 534 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1572 ft / 479 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    End Trailhead:3305 ft / 1007 m



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