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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 849 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

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views

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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.

1 day ago

this was my favorite hike so far...beautiful going up and once you get to the fire tower even more beautiful once up top!

3 days ago

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.

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9 days ago

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.

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10 days ago

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17 days ago

awesome hike

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22 days ago

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.

hiking
22 days ago

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.

23 days ago

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.

23 days ago

24 days ago

awesome views! Great hike

hiking
24 days ago

Starting off at the trail head, there are plenty of fallen trees due to a tornado that touched down a couple years ago. After making your way through several switchbacks, you reach some protruding rock faces. Along the trail there are a couple of nice lookout areas to have a snack. My daughter enjoyed taking the breaks. Once you reach the top, it's a fun climb to the lookout tower. I thoroughly enjoyed the views and reading about the history.

25 days ago

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25 days ago

Great first hike and I've done it twice this summer :)

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful morning for this hike. Well worth the climb.

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28 days ago

It was fun little trail! Beautiful view at the top with a sweet old man watching the tower. Good trail for an easy day hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail could have been a little wider in areas but what a beautiful hike and the views!!!! Kid and dog friendly, I can't wait to go again!

hiking
1 month ago

More like a steep sidewalk than most hikes. Stairs at the top MUST be climbed. Views are amazing. Make sure to introduce yourself to Bill Ellis or any other Ranger present. Great stories. I appreciate his service.

1 month ago

Great views, lots of friendly faces, well kept, good for a family hike