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
849 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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kid friendly

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Devil's Head Lookout Trail takes you to 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 the Rocky Mountains for 100 miles in all directions from the lookout tower, and a whole lot of fun!! The hike to Devils Head is perhaps the best in the area to take kids on and makes an easy day or weekend trip from Denver. 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 be able to complete this hike.

15 minutes ago

Wow! Great view from the top. The hike was a bit difficult due to the snow on the trail, was slippery in many spots, especially after all the foot traffic. Had to park at the overflow lot as the gate is closed. Was well worth the hike to the top! The steps were easier than some parts of the trail. Would recommend this hike to anyone who wants to take in the view of the mountains

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2 days ago

Devil's Head Lookout trail was a wonderful hike for my 8 year old and I. We went Thanksgiving week and there was a ton of snow and ice for both tires and feet. We aren't from Colorado, so we didn't expect that much ice on the trail. My son wasn't in the proper footwear and fell down a lot. In case you weren't aware... Rampart Range Rd is entirely dirt south of 67. Other than that, the trail was great!

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10 days ago

Road was closed yesterday so you get an extra 2 miles or so hiking in from the over flow parking lot. Great hike! Got the blood pumping.
The stairs are narrow - if you’re hiking with your pup they may not like it.
Great view from the lookout!

10 days ago

Beautiful hike with several lookouts along the way. Only complaint is lack of trash receptacles. No place to toss my dogs poo bags.

12 days ago

beautiful trail and excellent view

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16 days ago

Breathtaking view from the top of the fire lookout; definitely worth a trip! There is hunting nearby so you can hear gunshots occasionally.

17 days ago

Great views along the way and gradual incline. We saw lots of dogs and the view at the top was well worth the trek! Bring layers and gloves to walk up the stairs for the fire lookout. Bathrooms closed at the top until next summer

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23 days ago

Well kept beautiful trail with a prize at the end!

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24 days ago

Rough dirt roads (7miles or so) super cold! Bring layers. Bathrooms at the top. Very cool!

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29 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views! Road to get to the trailhead was a little rough, but we managed in my tiny car. Get there early, we got there just after 8 with only 4 or 5 other cars in the lot, but when we left the lot was filling up. I would say this is on the easier side of moderate, but those visiting the area may find it more difficult due to the fact that it is uphill the whole way. The views along the way and at the top make it worth it. Our dogs loved it as well!