- Date Hiked: August 10, 2002
- Miles Hiked: 4.6
- Cumulative Elevation Gain:
- Hiking Partner(s): None
- I would be lying if I said it was my plan to drive up to the Seven
Devil's just to climb She Devil. At 9,320', She Devil is the
second tallest peak in Hell's Canyon next to He Devil at 9,393'. I
actually had very ambitious plans to tag the tops of a couple of peaks,
but circumstances changed and I had to settle for She Devil.
- I drove to the Seven Devil's Campground late Friday afternoon where I
had some dinner and went to bed rather early after going to Heaven's
Gate Lookout and Seven Devil's Lake. I was actually in this area
two years ago and did an extremely long hike to this same location
utilizing a maintained trail.
- Since this time, I learned of a much shorter climber's route that goes
cross country to the center of the mountains. I used this route
and was at Sheep Lake in about 1:15. From here, I found the talus
and scree filled gully that leads to the saddle between She Devil and
Mount Baal. This is where things slowed down dramatically and I
became very frustrated. Not only was the gully extremely steep, it
was full of some of the most rotten and loose talus and scree that I had
ever been on. I started to climb directly in the center of the
gully but quickly learned that the rock was too unstable after starting
many small slides. I finally worked my way over to where the west
face of Mount Baal meets the talus slope.
- At this point, I was still only about one third of the way up, but
things picked up slightly as I was able to literally hang on to the
solid west face of Baal and pull myself up as I made my way to the
saddle. From the saddle to the top of She Devil was pretty easy
considering the climbing I just did. Despite being shorter with
less elevation gain, it took me the same time to get to She Devil as it
did Diamond Peak, 3:05.
- If I was going to honor my wife's request to be home in the early
evening She Devil would have to do for the day. I wanted to leave
my self enough time and energy to make it back down the gully, so I
simply went back out the way I came. If I would have had the
entire day, or backpacked to Sheep Lake and set up a "base
camp", two or three peaks could have easily been
accomplished. But, with my time constraints and coming all the way
from Seven Devil's Campground, I had to settle with She Devil
alone. I was back down in a little over 2:00 and will most
definitely return to take the northwest ridge to He Devil.
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the area where this hike is located.