Devils Peak is located on the divide between the Yuba and American River watersheds in the Tahoe National Forest. The sheer east face rises dramatically above the surrounding terrain. Situated approximately 6 miles off the Sierra crest, it provides fine, almost completely unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks and river canyons. In addition to the great views, the peak can present some challenging climbs. The easiest route to the summit is solid class 3, but 4th and 5th class routes can easily be had.
The Devils Peak area is popular with all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. It is situated within the Royal Gorge Cross County Ski Area. This website has a great link to a webcam giving a unique view of the peak. The webcam however is pre-recorded showing a winter scene. In the summer months, the area plays host to numerous campsites, so expect to see mountain bikers, hikers and possible off-road vehicles.
In the winter and spring, avalanches are a very real possibility. We saw evidence (downed trees...) of a very recent one along the north side of the peak.
Devils Peak is listed on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List.
The peak can easily be combined with nearby Snow Mountain for the more ambitious.
In the summer, the peak can be approached from the NE side by parking at Cascade Lakes. To reach the parking area, one needs to navigate a maze of dirt roads. Actually, it's not that bad if you pay attention and follow the directions below.
In the winter, suitable parking can be had at the Donner Trails School. Head under I-80, then cross country heading SE to the base of the peak. As the area is managed by the Royal Gorge Ski Area in the winter, a trail pass may be required to reach the peak.
Once you reach the base of the peak there multiple routes to climb to the summit. Note the north summit is the obvious high point.
Permits are not required for day hikes or overnights stays in any season. More information can be found at the Tahoe National Forest website. In the winter months, due to the fact that the Royal Gorge Ski Area manages the area under lease, access may require the purchase of a trail pass. Please see Royal Gorge Cross County Ski Area- Rates for current fee information. In summer, trailhead parking is free.
There are many private parcels of land in the general area. Please obey all posted private property and trespassing signs.
Devils Peak can be climbed any time of year given the listed restrictions (trail passes, private property...). Access is easier in summer, but not all that bad in winter.
There are numerous Forest Service campsites in the area, most of which charge about $14.00. There are several "hike in" sites managed by the Forest Service for which there is no charge. Please visit the Tahoe National Forest Camping website for more information. There is also a privately owned campground at Cisco Grove. This facility has running water, toilets, convenience store, RV hook ups and more. However, as of summer 2019, the sites are only being leased monthly. Visit Cisco Grove Campground for more information.
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