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, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running

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forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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1 day ago

great great great hike. go in summer when the lookout is open.

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2 days ago

Beautiful trail finishing at the fire lookout which has amazing views. The drive is a bit difficult since it's about 10 miles on a windy dirt road but my little fiat was able to make it. It's a pretty compacted trail which is nice for the little ones. With breaks it takes about an hour to get to the top. So worth it! I'd recommend getting there really early or in the afternoon so you don't have to fight for parking.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice, great views, good workout, but a really popular trail. It's a constant climb, and the hardest part is the very end, if you want to climb the stairs to the tower (hold onto your hat, the wind gusts when you get to the top of the first rock). There's a big park just below the tower. Picnics and restrooms and whatnot.

Don't even start wondering if you're close to the top until you see the "Half Way Point" sign. I guess it's ok to wonder if you're getting close to the sign though. Also, don't give up at the half way point. It's called "Devils Head" for a reason. Don't risk ticking off the Devil...

Parking could be a hassle, depending on how close to the trail head you want to park. I just parked in the well-marked overflow lot and walked about 10 mins to the trail.

hiking
2 days ago

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8 days ago

omg gorgeous. come early to avoid crowds and parking issues. very easy hike.

9 days ago

The trail is beautiful! Many wild flowers are blooming and great views throughout the hike. It's very busy on weekends and difficult to find a place to park if you don't get there early.

hiking
10 days ago

Fun, rewarding hike when you make it to the lookout tower. Lots of boulders for kids to climb on. Some things to consider...the best way to do this hike with kiddos is to pack lunches, get there early, hike up and picnic at the top and then head back down. Keep in mind that there may still be snowdrifts to hike over in north facing areas until June.

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10 days ago

I don't like drop offs but this was worth it. Just do it!

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15 days ago

This middle aged flat lander got to the top in an hour with short breathing breaks along the way. Well worth the hike up to a pretty setting for the ranger's cabin before going to the top of the stairs to the fire lookout. The views were gorgeous with wonderful 360 degree views of the front range and plateau to the east. The hike down was quick and pleasant. Go early!