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Devils Peak Snowshoe

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The Devils Peak Lookout against a cloudy night sky.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • The warm glow of light from within the tower provides a stark contrast on cold nights.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • A four legged friend scouts the stairs up to the tower.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • The Devils Peak Lookout.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • Snow clings to the rail of the tower.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • Trudging through deeper snow near the summit.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • Snow covering the tall pines.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • Sunlight filtering through the tall forest canopy on a cold day.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • Warmer waterfalls along the trail create breaks in the snowy path.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
  • The trailhead signage.- Devils Peak Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Lookout access.
Cons: 
No guaranteed shelter.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,846.00 ft (562.66 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Devils Peak snowshoe offers a challenging uphill climb that rewards hikers with outstanding views from the Devils Peak Lookout tower. Nestled along Cool Creek just south of Welches, Oregon, this snowshoe trip offers quick access from the Portland metro area. During the summer this can result in a more crowded trail, but winter adventuring is more sparse and provides access to a day of solitude.  

The trailhead begins along Trail #794, clearly marked by trail signage from the forest road. The beginning of the trail is unrelenting and steep, a sign of things to come. A light pack and decent snowshoes with heel bars are suggested, as there are very few areas to rest your calves along the trail.  

Your hike climbs 3,200 feet in elevation over a solid 4 miles, switch-backing through old-growth forest with a couple crossings at small creeks and waterfalls. Rhodedendron bushes, mushrooms, and mosses thrive under the thick canopy of conifers. The grade is consistent throughout from start to finish. At the junction with Trail #793 (signage for Hunchback Mountain Trail), keep right. You'll quickly come upon the spur trail junction around a hundred yards after the Hunchback Trail junction; keep left to follow the spur trail uphill for the final quarter-mile to Devils Peak and the Devils Peak Lookout.

The Devils Peak Lookout is a former fire lookout that has been decommissioned for use for over 25 years. The lookout is now open for public use on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is not guaranteed, and visitors should assume that cars at the trailhead indicate that the lookout is already in use. Come prepared to snow camp or hike out if needed.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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