Cool Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, OR that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until September.
Directions from Sandy: Travel east to the edge of Rhododendron and turn right (southeast) onto Forest Service Road 2612. Follow 2612 southeast to the trailhead on the right. Parking is available on the shoulder.
Driving it was was nervous of the road tbh lol but once starting the trail i knew it was going to be an uphill hike the entire time, BUT SO WORTH IT! The views of mt hood was amazing once you got up high enough! Beware it is really uphill and the trails aren't very maintained.
Beautiful hike to Devil's Peak ...steady climb, heck of a workout
gorgeous hike. steep but great workout if you are in shape.
The hike is utterly exhausting, but the views of Hood from the top are worthwhile. Devils Peak is a quaint old lookout, I'd say it doesn't get too much traffic beyond the hikers that make it up Hunchback or Cool Creek. But you've been warned, every time you say "hey I think we're almost there, I can see the top of the hill" you probably have another hill to climb.. it's a never ending steep.. Only making it possible to enjoy if you are in pretty good shape.
This trail is easy to get to and few people were there. Most of the trail is soft with few rocks. It is however a steady incline going up about 3,000 feet in 3 1/2 miles. Most of the trail is under a canopy until you get close to the top where you will see a couple clear spots at Devils Peak. This is where the views would be. It was cloudy so I missed that. Four stars would be a better rating if it has views. The trail does stop when it intersects with the Hunchback Mountain trail #793. All in all it was a good hike but nothing spectacular. If I do it again I would make time to include Kinzel lake in the trip. It is about 2 miles down the Hunchback trail.