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Zigzag Ranger District winter events

The Mount Hood National Forest's Zigzag Ranger District offers an interpretation and conservation education program featuring the following events in January:

Timberline Lodge tours

Join a U.S. Forest Service ranger for a 30-minute tour of historic Timberline Lodge 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.

Tours are free but donations to Friends of Timberline are appreciated to ensure future programs. A sno-park permit is required for parking at Timberline.

Government Camp history hike

Accompany a U.S. Forest Service ranger on a 2.5-mile round-trip tour of Government Camp and the surrounding area.

This hike will take participants through downtown Government Camp and into the forest above. Explore the history of Government Camp from the first settlers to the ski and snowboard industry boom.

Snowshoes are optional and available for rent at various shops in Government Camp. A sno-park permit is required for parking.

For this program and the following two programs, please contact Jonathan Schillo at 503-622-2016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. two weeks before the desired booking date.

Civilian Conservation Corps in Zigzag

Want to learn more about the development of the Zigzag area? Participate in the 'History of the Civilian Conservation Corps Program in Zigzag.'

The program details the history of the corps in Oregon and covers some of the life stories of the men who served in the corps at Camp Zigzag.

The program also will cover some of the history of the Oregon Trail and the Barlow Road, which is near Zigzag Ranger Station, and the role of the corps in the construction of the historic Timberline Lodge.

Passport to the Forest

All educators are invited to participate in 'Passport to the Forest,' a mobile conservation education trailer focusing on four main subject areas: botany, fisheries, wildlife, and geology.

The 'Passport' can be set up with all four subject areas or individually to focus on one particular subject matter. All lesson plans are hands on, interactive, and designed with fun in mind to allow children to explore the natural world around them in a nontraditional classroom setting.

Ski with a ranger at Skibowl

Take a guided ski or snowboard tour of Skibowl with a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. Explore the trail system and learn more about the ecology and history of Mount Hood. This program is free to intermediate skiers and riders.

Meet at noon Sundays outside the Skibowl West ticket booths. Both this program and the one following are free, but donations are appreciated for future programs. For both programs, sno-park permits are required for parking.

Ski with a ranger at Timberline

New to Timberline ski area or just want to learn more about Mount Hood area? Take a guided ski or snowboard tour of Timberline with a U.S. Forest Service ranger. Explore the trail system and learn more about the ecology and history of Mount Hood.

Meet at noon Saturdays in the U.S. Forest Service desk inside Timberline Lodge.

Trillium Lake nature walk or snowshoe

Join a ranger on an educational hike to Trillium Lake. This 4-mile round-trip hike begins at 3,700 feet and meanders through the Mount Hood National Forest until finally reaching Trillium Lake and its panoramic views of Mount Hood.

Meet at 1 p.m. Fridays at Trillium Lake Sno-Park, 2.5 miles east of Timberline Road, for the free nature walk.

Snowshoes are recommended, and rentals are available in Government Camp. Be sure to bring warm comfortable clothes and water. A Sno-park permit is required for parking.

Call 503-622-2033 for questions about Mount Hood National Forest Zigzag Ranger District programs.