Devils Peak Lookout

  • Easy (from Road 2613)
  • 2.4 miles round trip
  • 600 feet elevation gain
  • Open June to mid-November
  • Use: hikers, horses

  • Difficult (via Cool Creek Trail)
  • 8.2 miles round trip
  • 3200 feet elevation gain

The unstaffed lookout tower atop Devils Peak, with a view from Mt. Hood to Mt. Jefferson, is maintained by volunteers as a cozy shelter and lunch spot for hikers. Getting there, however, poses a dilemma. The trail from Road 2613 is short, easy, and scenic-but the drive to the trailhead is a nightmare on a seemingly endless dirt road. The other trailhead is easily accessible—but the hike itself is three times longer and demands five times more climbing.

If you opt for the easy walk (and the hard drive), take Highway …

Other Options

By arranging a car shuttle, you can …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.