This is a great hike if you're looking for a pleasant, short, easy hike to an unmanned, quaint Fire Lookout! It's got stunning views of the Willamette National Forest and (on clear days) Mt. Hood!

The Trail:

This hike is one of the 2 routes that lead to the lookout, and the shorter of the two. It requires more driving to get to the trailhead than the other, but less walking, so if that sounds appealing to you, you have come to the right place!

First, you'll be greeted by a dense forest which follows a ridge and stays predominantly on the northern side of it. Most of the trail is straight forward, as until just before the lookout, there are no trail intersections. You'll be greeted along the way with a few good breaks in the trees– if you're willing to climb up a few feet to summit the ridge. If you aren't, don't fret! There is a small, very short side trail that (I personally think) is hard to miss. 

Eventually, you'll hit a few switchbacks. They aren't too steep though, and only switch back about 3 times. After the last switchback is when you will find your first trail intersection! It is a T-Instersection, and to your right, the trail breaks away and descends down a steep hill. This is where those coming from the longer, other route would be meeting up with your trail. DO NOT go to the right! Instead, continue onwards (in other words, cross the T). Shortly after this, you will reach the second intersection. Take a LEFT here! There is a sign to point you in the right direction, for navigational assistance. Walk up a few hundred feet and then you will break from the dense forest surrounding you.

Enter Devil's Peak Lookout:

This unmanned goldy is great shelter from the elements or just a cozy place to eat your lunch. Or, if you'd rather eat outside and admire the silence, there is a rocky outcropping at the base of the lookout. If you wish to gain a second viewpoint, there is a small, short trail which shoots down the hill from the rocks and to a 180° view to the east of Mt. Hood. 

Remember to share the space with others who have arrived before you or arrive after. If you choose to use the lookout, and you use the stove inside, remember to leave the supplies for the next party to make a fire as well. Pack out what you pack in. 

Happy hiking!

Pack List

  • Jacket
  • Lunch
  • Camera
  • Love
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 660 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest

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Bush-league hike

This is a nice lookout, though nothing special compared with other hikes throughout the gorge. The second option to getting here (as the author refers to) is via Hunchback Mountain Trailhead, though this route requires something close to 6k elevation gain. Given the choice between the two, I can see why people would opt for short & sweet.


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