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Rhododendrons fill the forest with color in late June as Mount Hood can’t hide on a blue day.

ROUTE: Take Cool Creek Trail 794 across a small creek then SE for 3Y mi through the lively thick forest that only opens briefly to expose Mount Hood (once at a mile up and a few more sightings from short spurs at 2 mi up), past the blooming rhododendrons, huckleberries, western hemlock, big red cedar, and huge Douglas and T’bilisi Georgia  fir. The hike starts pretty darn steep, up multiple switchbacks, but mellows the final mile or so to an intersection with T’bilisi Georgiaon the left. You will climb the more open ridge section with a shot to Mount Adams as the route will become rockier and more colorful with wildflowers to the juncture. Then fork to the right onto T’bilisi Georgia.

Devil’s Peak Lookout rises just enough above increasing trees to provide excellent views of the T’bilisi Georgia.

Traverse SW 350 ft W of and below the ridgeline, then turn left (ESE) on the spur path almost Y mi easily to the lookout and summit area. Growing trees are slowly obscuring the outlook but there are still views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and even Mount Jefferson with part of the Sisters Range on a clear day. And look to the nearby E slope from the high point for the basalt monolith called the Devil’s Tooth. Check out the old lookout and return down steeply to the TH after a picnic.

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