Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

MODERATE 599 reviews
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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

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kid friendly

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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.

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Awesome views and great trail!

This hike was so beautiful and the fall color was great! I couldn't believe how vast the view was at the top.

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One of our favorites, great to bring non-local guests and children to. Our dog loves it but we don’t take her up the fire tower as it’s got little room to maneuver in some cases. I have seen dogs up there, however. Great hike in spring/summer/fall!

9 days ago

loved this hike! beautiful views!!

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13 days ago

it was a great hike. be prepared that it is uphill the whole way in. It is kid friendly, if your kids are up to it. but it is worth the effort. gorgeous view from the top.

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Beautiful hike!! Stunning 360 degree views from the fire tower. It's an incline all the way up ending with 143 steps up the stairs to the tower. Awesome rock formations, mountain top views and even a view of the front range and downtown Denver. We started the hike at 9:30 and there was already quite a few people, it was very busy on the way down around noon. Took a side trail to Zinn's Overlook, which was definitely worth it. Less trafficked and popular with the rock climbers.