2018/12/30 – Devils Mountain / 魔鬼山

Welcome
Welcome

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Access: Devils Mountain Road
Round Trip: 4.3 miles
Elevation Range: 760′-1727′
Gear: none

Some refer to Devils Mountain as a “dumpster dive” destination or the backup of a backup plan. For us, it was a combination of a late morning start and the need to seek out someplace with lower precipitation and shorter distance. All in all, the weather ended up being way better than yesterday’s downpour.

Skittish Joshua
Skittish Joshua

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When we pulled off Amick Road, a man and his dog were getting into the only car by the gate to head out. As we were getting ready, a skittish neighborhood dog slowly made his way down the road to check us out. We waited for the dog owner to show up before leaving for Devils Mountain.

Brief pause
Brief pause

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Other than a tiny abandoned house with a treehouse by the road, on the way up there wasn’t a whole lot to see. The hike was only two miles each way, so it didn’t take long to get to the northwest saddle. Scott Mountain was our only view west of the saddle.

Big Lake and communities
Big Lake and communities

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The summit marked by several radio towers and small utility structures wasn’t far to the east of the saddle. With not much view to offer, we continued east on the road for another 500′ to the shorter high point. Here we saw Big Lake, parts of Devils Lake, and high points shrouded in thick clouds to the east.

Bumps
Bumps

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Afterward, we went down to the spur road south of the summit for more views. It began to rain and flurry as we started to enjoy unobstructed views to the west. I’d imagine views out to the Puget Sound would’ve been much grander on a good day without the deteriorating weather.

Conway and islands
Conway and islands

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The rain stopped just as we were getting ready to head down Devils Mountain back to the car. As we drove past Little Mountain Park on the way out, I pondered another short hike up the mountain. Right before the rain decided to come back.

Outro
Outro

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