Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness / 帕塞頓荒野裏的魔鬼峯

I had planned to climb Mount Rolo on day one and camp near Robinson Pass. Then on day two, we would climb Devils Peak in Pasayten and return to Slate Pass. But I saw that 478A trail junction was close to the pass. So I decided we would sleep back at the car in between the two trips.

Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness above Robinson Creek Valley
Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness above Robinson Creek Valley

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For Devils Peak off Mountain Loop Highway, check out this post.

Devils Peak at a Glance

Access: Buckskin Ridge Trailhead at Slate Pass 
Round Trip: 8.5 miles
Elevation Range: 5680‘ -8081′
Gear: 
helmet

GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

Starting from Slate Pass

Like yesterday, we needed to get down to the head of the Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley. Right as we walked down from Slate Pass, I noticed Devils Peak looming above Robinson Creek Valley. The top of the peak gleamed in the morning sun. Then I decided to take the faint path at the first bend. But it wasn’t the way to get to Trail 478A.

Soon, the path dwindled. Then we were right back in the basin below the pass. From there, we tried finding the 478A turnoff. But since the reported cairn was missing, we walked past the hidden junction. Eventually, we turned around and saw the trail. Then it didn’t take long to hike down to the Robinson Creek Trail (#478) junction.

Golden morning
Golden morning

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Devils Peak South Slopes

We left the trail by the Robinson Creek Trail and then scrambled uphill in light brush and down trees. Just as we climbed toward the 6400′ bench, the sudden wolf howling in the distant west had us on edge. But then the sound began to fade as we moved farther south. We continued to travel south from the larch meadow. Our goal was to get up to the southwest-trending buttress coming off of Devils Peak’s west ridge.

Somehow we got ourselves into a short section of waist-high, dense shrubs. Lots of larches strewed these steep slopes, and many of them had already turned the vibrant gold color. Just past the larches was the buttress. But we bypassed it at 7000′ on loose choss.

Don't any of you move
Don’t any of you move

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Route Finding on Choss

On the other side of the buttress was the large talus field I saw earlier from the trail. Then it took forever to get up to the 7400′ notch on the other side of the talus. Glad nothing moved as we hopped through the massive boulder field. The access point gave us our first look at the steep gully entrance. It also gave us the views of the misty Robinson Creek Valley with cascading ridges.

But to move into the access gully, we first needed to get through more choss. There was nothing but loose rocks here. The pup and I took turns getting up this section to be safer. Things then looked much more promising when we went past that point. Then with a bit of scramble on solid rocks and ledges, we made it up to the summit ridge.

Access gully
Access gully

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Devils Peak Summit Plus Outro

A short ridge traverse finally put us on the summit. Right then, it began to drizzle. Low hanging clouds obscured landscapes to the north, including Mount Rolo from the day before. However, views were much better in all the other directions. The majestic Robinson Mountain was practically in our face.

Fearing the weather would worsen, we left the summit after a short stay. The sky had cleared up a little when we got back down to the access notch. Then the sun came out again back at the larch meadow. From the trail, we reversed the route and hiked back to Slate Pass in an afternoon full of sunshine.

Robinson Mountain
Robinson Mountain

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