September 2, 2010: Mississippi Head (Mt. Hood, Oregon)

This route was dreamed up the previous year while approaching the end of a hike from Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park and back. That's a nice route, but having to climb uphill 1400 feet at the end of the day, after already walking about 10 miles, is awful. I wondered whether it might be possible to travel up and over Zigzag Canyon and then walk down to Timberline Lodge. It turns out that the climb up the northwest rim of Zigzag Canyon is tough, as predicted (3300' of climbing in less than 4 miles), but the descent to the lodge is so easy that it's actually fun.

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