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.
dogs on leash
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.
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!!
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.
Easy trail. Beautiful views. Recommend getting there early.
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)
Steeper than I thought it would be and very crowded but quite pretty
this was my favorite hike so far...beautiful going up and once you get to the fire tower even more beautiful once up top!
It's a good, quick hike with amazing views and forest time. Waaay too many people today. I should have known better. It's that time of year, and it's a relatively close trail.
We hiked this on a Friday morning and only ran across a few people along the way (more on the way down than up). Views all along the hike were nice, and the 360 views from the lookout tower were amazing. Definitely climb the stairs and go inside the tower. There's a lot of interesting history to discover! (Read the "Ten Most Asked Questions" list before you start asking Mr. Ellis questions. We asked most of them before we saw the list.) The lookout tower is manned through the end of September, so don't put this hike off if you want to go inside it.
Amazing View at the top. If you have family in town and you don't want them to die on a hike. This one is about perfect. They will need to take a few breaks, but the view is exactly what they are looking for coming to CO.
worth it. Have done it for 13 summers, except for 2015 when it was closed to clean up the tornado damage.
I have to say that a number of dog owners don't clean up the poop, so several natural stopping points have STRONG dog poop stench. probably 100 dogs a weekend, and unfortunately, many have owners that do not care. Shame, because the trail is great.
Pretty high traffic but the views from the watchtower is worth it.
Definitely a moderate hike. Lot of switch backs and ups and downs. A fair amount of flat walking too. But the payoff is by far worth it. Great hike to do on a clear day so you can see everything at the top.