The Devils Peak Lookout is one of the closest accessible lookout towers to Portland, and it is therefore one of the more difficult towers to access. The tower is accessed on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved for use. Because the vigorous hike that is required to access the tower would be difficult to complete as a round trip, it is recommended that visitors come prepared to sleep outside the tower if necessary.
Situated at the top of 5,045-foot Devils Peak, the tower offers outstanding views of the surrounding Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Originally used as a fire lookout due to the high prominence, the tower was decommissioned in the 1970s and made available for public use. The minimalist accommodations include a wood burning stove, cots, and shelving. Firewood is stored below the shelter, but it may not be available depending on usage.
During the summer months Devils Peak Lookout is a popular destination for visitors who want to stretch their legs on the difficult trail from Cool Creek Trailhead, which totals 4 miles each way and climbs a grueling 3,200 feet in elevation. Winter snows make this a challenging and rewarding snowshoe hike. A light pack weight and sturdy boots are recommended, but the trail is well maintained and easy to follow.
Alternate access to the lookout tower can be made from Kinzel Lake. Road access to the Kinzel Lake Trailhead is very bumpy and may not be accessible to some vehicles.