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Devils Peak Lookout

Mount Hood National Forest

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Devils Peak lookout under fresh layers of snow.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • Small waterfall crossing the trial en route to the lookout.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • Devils Peak Lookout against a partly cloudy night sky.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • A view toward Mount Hood on a cloudy day.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • The glow of light from the inside of the lookout.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • A four-legged friend enjoys the view from the lookout deck.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • A view underneath the lookout.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • Accommodations inside the cabin are cozy.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • Frost on the lookout guardrail in winter.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • Devils Peak Lookout.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • A hiker trudges through deep snow along the trail in winter.- Devils Peak Lookout
  • The trailhead signage for the Devils Peak Lookout hike- Devils Peak Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Access, beautiful views
Cons: 
First come first serve-- tough to claim
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
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Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
Yes
Kitchen: 
No
Wood stove: 
Yes

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Forest Service
Reservation phone number: 
N/A
Address: 
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

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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.

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