Every Lookout in Oregon

Return to Devils Peak

Type: 8′ tower with L-4 cab
Status: Abandoned but available to use
Elevation: 5,045 feet
Visited: October 8, 2022

Greg and I first visited the Devils Peak lookout in September 2012, almost exactly ten years ago. That time we hiked Hunchback Trail #793 from the end of very rough Road 2613. Today we decided to visit by hiking Cool Creek Trail #794 from Still Creek Road.

I’ll just write about the lookout here. If you want to read about the hike see my post on my adventure blog. After 3.5 miles and 3,070′ elevation gain we reached the junction with the Hunchback Trail. We turned right, then almost immediately turned left for the spur trail to the lookout:

Devils Peak Hike

After 3.6 miles and 3,140′ elevation gain I reached the lookout. Greg arrived a short while later:

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

Inside there are two beds and a woodstove:

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

Although it’s getting pretty overgrown, you can still see Mt. Hood from the doorway:

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

The only other view is to the southeast:

Devils Peak Hike

It’s interesting to compare the panorama photos from 1933 to how the “view” looks today. Looking southwest:

Devils Peak Panorama SW

Devils Peak Hike

Looking southeast:

Devils Peak Panorama SE

Devils Peak Hike

Looking north:

Devils Peak Panorama N

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

There’s a storage shed under the cabin:

Devils Peak Hike

There are tree stumps all over the place, presumably from people cutting down trees for firewood:

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

A group of four backpackers arrived and started propping open the shutters, which makes the place feel less abandoned:

Devils Peak Hike

Devils Peak Hike

The cabin is looking a little worse for wear. I don’t know how much (if any) maintenance it sees and I wouldn’t want to stay in there.