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Devil's Peak

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The view from inside Devil's Peak lookout, complete with resident binoculars! (Tom Kloster)
Devil's Tooth, a huge basalt monolith on the east shoulder of Devil's Peak (Tom Kloster)

Description

At 5,045’, Devil's Peak is the highest point in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. It is graced by one of the few forest lookouts not destroyed by the Forest Service in the 1960s and 70s, as the agency shifted to aerial surveillance. The lookout was originally constructed in the 1920s, completely reconstructed after World War II, and decommissioned in the 1970s. Today, the humble, historic lookout is maintained by volunteers and open to the public. Overnight stays are free - first come, first served. Clean up and close up when you are done. The easy, short Devil's Peak Hike provides views of Mount Hood along the way, glimpses of the imposing Devil's Tooth monolith and wildflowers in June and July.

There is an (almost) year-round drinking water spring nearby. Go 0.2 miles west on the Hunchback Mountain Trail to the sign saying "water". Then go down the steep primitive trail north about 300 feet to the spring. This source sometimes runs dry in early fall before the rains set in, so you should not rely on it if you are staying overnight at the lookout at that time.

Devil's Peak Lookout (Tom Kloster)
Fire lookout on Devil's Peak (Jess Beauchemin)

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