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Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Beautiful views. Lookout access.

Cons

No guaranteed shelter.

Pets allowed

Yes

Trailhead Elevation

1,846.00 ft (562.66 m)

Net Elevation Gain

3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)

Address

Still Creek Rd
Rhododendron, OR 97049
United States

Features

Big vistas
Historically significant
Old-growth forest
Waterfalls
Shelters
Lodging
Warming hut

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

Comments

12.18.15
Heres a shot of the cozy interior of the lookout!
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