Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness by Robinson Mountain / 魔鬼峯

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Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness rises above Robinson Creek. It’s also under two miles west of the taller and more notable Robinson Mountain. Best of all, the proximity to Slate Pass makes this peak doable in a day.

Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness
Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness

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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

Devils Peak in Pasayten Wilderness

My initial plan was to go up Mount Rolo on day one. Then we’d camp somewhere by Robinson Pass to climb Devils Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness on day two. Afterward, we’d go back to Slate Pass.

But on the map, the 478A trail junction looked very close to Slate Pass. So I decided to go back to the car after climbing Mount Rolo. Plus, I would have a lighter pack, and we could move more efficiently.

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Buckskin Ridge Trailhead at Slate Pass

Like yesterday, we needed to make our way back down to the top of the Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley. Already, I wasn’t looking forward to going back up to the pass for the third time.

Soon, the looming Devils Peak over Robinson Creek Valley caught my eyes. The top of the peak gleamed in the morning sun. Later we took the faint path at the first trail bend. But it wasn’t the way to Trail 478A.

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Robinson Creek Trail

Though, the faint path dwindled shortly. Then we were right back in the basin below Slate Pass. Then we tried finding the 478A turnoff and couldn’t find the reported cairn.

So we walked past the hidden fork at some point. But fortunately, I spotted the trail after we backtracked a short distance. Then it didn’t take long to hike down to Robinson Creek Trail (#478).

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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