A rare alpine lake in the southern part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Zig Zag Lake may be difficult to get to, but solitude is likely to be your reward.
Set at the bottom of a cirque, this tarn is the remnant of a retreating glacier. The surrounding forest is filled with mature Douglas-fir and hemlock, as well as scattered old-growth giants hanging on to the steep hillside.
The trail starts at an arête and descends through a cool forest. Fortunately, this slip and slide pumice trail descent is only a half-mile. Trout jumping adds to the picture.