Every Lookout in Oregon

Devil’s Peak

Type: 8′ tower with L-4 cab
Status: Abandoned but available to use
Elevation: 5,045 feet
Visited: September 22, 2012

There are several ways to reach Devil’s Peak in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Two of the approaches involve long hikes via Hunchback Mountain or Cool Creek. We opted for a different approach which involved a long drive and a short easy hike. We drove nine miles on the very rough Sherar Burn Road until we reached the end. It took us 50 minutes to go that nine miles!

There was once a garage at the trailhead when the lookout was active. Part of the roof is still there but the rest is gone.

After a 1.2mi hike we reached the summit of Devil’s Peak. The old 1952 lookout hasn’t been used in years but it is in good shape.

There is a shed underneath the lookout.

Under the lookout

From the catwalk we enjoyed nice views of Mt. Hood.

And a view to the southeast.

The inside of the lookout is really well-stocked with a random assortment of tarps, blankets, candles, fuel, and even a speaker dock for an iPod (there’s no electricity up here!)

We had the whole place to ourselves, which was great, so we sat out on the catwalk eating chocolate and enjoying the entertaining notes left in the log books. It made for some great reading!