[/caption] An epic view of Mt. Hood and the Cascade wilderness from the summit of 4484′ SHEEPSHEAD ROCK. A great hike and a great view of the Cascades can be found along one of the many trails rooted in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. The best way to get to some of these views are to combine several trails and plan on a long hike. However, you won’t be disappointed in this awesome journey that allows some spectacular views of five mountain peaks. You will have to drive a few miles outside Estacada and wind your way through a bunch of clear cut but the drive is very easy and well marked. Along the trail there are several viewpoints and several 4,000′ plus summits that you can hike to but if you really want to stay on task and go as far as possible without wasting too much time, I would recommend hiking to the summit of Squaw Peak and then make the additional 3 mile hike to Sheepshead rock. If you have the additional energy, food, water and time, I would then recommend making the additional 3.5 mile one-way hike from sheepshead rock to the final viewpoint. However, you will end up hiking over 15 miles and you may be a little tired by the end of they day. This shot was taken from the top of sheepshead rock and I was facing southeast.
[/caption] This is the view from the top of Devils Peak with the pristine forest far below and as far as the eye can see. You can read about the trail and the area from my previous blog post. I wanted to include this photo since it’s the view you have from the summit of Devils Peak. You’re looking due south with great views of Mt. Jefferson as well as the top portion of Mt. Washington. However, I didn’t include the photo with the mountains since there are a lot of clear cut spots just below the mountains. I think that it really ruins part of the view as well as the serenity and solitude but at least the majority of the views are pristine for now. Unfortunately, the weather started to turn sower and the clouds really started to create too much glare. However, there were some sun breaks and it really created a nice look around the hilly forest. To get to this viewing spot you will need to hike past the lookout tower and walk a few hundred feet to the edge of a massive cliff. You really want to watch your footing and if you have a dog you may want to leash them since the fall would be fatal. If you stay at the edge of the cliff long enough, you may witness a bald eagle or a clan of Turkey Vultures soaring through the skies.