Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

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Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedalia, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 958 feet Out & Back

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A "must do" hike to the area's only working fire lookout Devils head is a distinct granite rock outcropping in the front range west of Castle Rock. The outcropping is clearly visible from Castle Rock to Woodland Park. The outcropping is also home to the only fire lookout, in Colorado, that is staffed by the National Forest Service. This grants it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It should also have a spot on your hiking list. If you are in the front range it should be near the top. This hike does not offer you solitude or a particularly beautiful trail. It does offer you historical significance, views of 100 miles in all directions, and a whole lot of fun!! The hike to Devils head is perhaps the best in the area to take kids on. The majority of this hike is shaded by mixed Aspen and Pine forest. There are plenty of shaded benches where you can take a break to cool off, and catch your breath. A sign even marks the halfway point for you. The trail gains 950ft in elevation over 1.4 miles, and ends with a climb up 143 stairs. A person in average shape should easily be able to complete this hike.

10 days ago

I literally could've spent the entire afternoon up there, was so nice! a good starting hike to start getting yourself back in shape

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11 days ago

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15 days ago

Great lung workout as someone getting used to the elevation, but with nicely placed rest areas usually with great views. The view from the tower is life changing for a flat lander.

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21 days ago

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22 days ago

I hiked this on Saturday 11/12 with my mom. We arrived about 9 am and their were only about 5 other cars in the parking lot. When we made it to the top we had the tower to ourselves! And had a nice snack break. On our way down we passed A LOT of people and dogs. The parking lot and overflow were full by 11 am. I highly recommend getting an early start.

Rampart Range Road is closing December 1st.

25 days ago

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28 days ago

Lookout tower building closing for season after Wednesday 11/9. Hike was great, trail dry and easy to navigate. Noticeable smell only present in 2 small 20ft areas.

1 month ago

The smell of urine is overwhelming...beautiful hike, but not enjoyable because of the stench. It's really gross.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Did this trail last night. I only saw three people the whole way and throughly enjoyed my time at the top for sunset. Got to do some photography in peace and quiet!

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1 month ago

Great hike!

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1 month ago

My two sons and I (10& 9yrs old) had a great time! its a good hike up and jogging down isn't too bad. The views were great and there were plenty of rocks to climb on! We highly recommend it for anyone!!

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! We started around 9:30 and it was pretty quiet, but on the way down it was much much busier and parking was filled up. Views from the top are wonderful - just be prepared for lots of wind up there.

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1 month ago

Easy trail. Beautiful views. Recommend getting there early.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Trail is pretty easy, has a couple views along the way. The red staircase to the top is very narrow and steep, careful with dogs on it as some parts are one way traffic only. Very cool views and education at the top. (Heavy traffic IMO)

2 months ago