Devilish Trails for Halloween

Autumn is here and Halloween is around the corner. What the devil are you hiking?
Gabrielle Orsi Gabrielle Orsi
Hike Leader & Super Volunteer
October 14, 2019

Many hikers in Washington state have encountered – to their dismay – the prickly spines of devil's club, Oplopanax horridus, a shrub which grows in abundance in the Pacific Northwest as well as near Lake Superior. While the origins of the name of this bane of bushwhackers seem quite obvious given its notorious thorns, Washington state is home to many more "devils". In honor of Halloween, here is a sampling of the "Devils" in our state, from north to south.

Map showing where devil's club flourishes in the United States

Image credit: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

North Cascades

  • Devil's Peak: an off-trail scramble is required to ascend this peak.
  • Big Devil Peak and Little Devil Peak: drive into the North Cascades National Park along the North Cascades Highway between Marblemount and Newhalem and you'll be able to pull off the highway at Big Devil Falls to see these peaks. Scramblers can ascend Little Devil Peak.
  • Devils Dome Loop: a challenging classic backpacking circuit in the national park.

Central Cascades

Southern Washington

  • Devil's Dream Camp: From Longmire, intrepid hikers can take the Wonderland Trail to Devil's Dream Camp... if they dare.
  • Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop: in southwest Washington, this trail loop features views of the Columbia River, as well as Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Rainier.
Little Devil Peak in spring. Photo by Kristina Ciari.

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