Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

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Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower is a 2.5 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.

2.5 miles
885 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running





wild flowers



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.

6 hours ago

Great hike! We arrived around 9am which was right before the crowds so it worked out well. If you're new to CO, the altitude can get you, but otherwise easy.

1 day ago

what a fun trail. we had a great hike. the drive in can be tricky mainly because of drivers going 40 mph in a 20 zone. great views of pike peak and we saw some wild turkeys.

1 day ago

Amazing hike. Not to far from Denver. Ample parking during the week. I went on a Wednesday during the week. Glad I didn’t bring my dog due to all the stairs at the top.

2 days ago

Amazing hike and views, but very crowded

4 days ago

Loved everything about this hike. The view from the top of the fire tower was awesome.

5 days ago

Climb to the tower. The views are worth it. This day was not overly crowded at all. Flies weren’t bad either.
Wildflowers, rock formations, an aspen grove plus the views and tower. Lots of shade. It’s a keeper...

I was in jeep and was glad I was. The back half of the gravel road is pretty “washboard” w a few deeper puddles. Some folks were in front wheel drive and said it wasn’t easy.

5 days ago

Did this with Wendy and was awesome. Totally breathtaking!!!!

6 days ago

Did this trail today! Well worth getting up super early to see the sunrise. Definitely recommend!

8 days ago

Great trail. Worth the hike. Beautiful view!!!

8 days ago

Really easy hike overall. Interesting / fun drive up to the trailhead. DEFINITELY BRING BUG SPRAY - or a large fly swatter. The flies are ridiculous. Amazing view at the top - although a little freaky if you don’t like heights. Worth it though.

10 days ago

Spectacular trail and views, though the road to get to this trailhead in a 2WD vehicle was difficult. Highly recommended!

12 days ago

Heck yeah! A fairly easy hike with good views all the way up that get even better once you reach the top

14 days ago

Nice trail, well maintained.

15 days ago

great one. just crowded a bit. great for a hike.

16 days ago

Great hike through a beautiful forest. The tower was so cool and Bill and his wife are so sweet.

17 days ago

Good hike, beautiful views

18 days ago

Hikes this Sunday 6/3. Really great for a shorter Front Range hike. Trail is well defined with some good, gentle elevation up to the stairs. Trail takes you through some killer aspen groves and we saw the beginnings of some wildflowers as well. The fire tower itself is an amazing shrine to the man that has worked there for 34 years. He’s posted all the fires he’s spotted for the last 3 decades and has an astounding amount of knowledge about Colorado and the area around the fire tower. Very cool that it’s still working. The views from the tower are also incredible, especially after such a short hike right outside of Castle Rock. Only downsides were the very prolific crowds and the hot we spent driving on dirt roads to get there. Would definitely recommend for out of town guests and will absolutely be doing this one again.

19 days ago

Love this hike! Great one if you have little ones and definitely tests your fear of heights.

20 days ago

Went with my mom and two kiddos. They loved the hike. Bring treats if you have little ones with you. Snack breaks help :)

20 days ago

Great, easy to follow trail. I got there early (at TH around 8/8:15), thankfully, and had trail almost to myself. Coming down, I passed SO many people going up. Great views all along trail and climb to fire tower had awesome views!

21 days ago

Freakin rad bit crowded

27 days ago

It was a great hike.

27 days ago

Loved this hike. It was a natural hike and not so man made unlike others I’ve hiked. There’s lots of trees, rocks, dirt and animal life.. easy-medium difficulty hike. We hiked with our 8month old in a baby carrier, . At the end of the hike you get to the tower and have a beautiful scenery view. We loved the hike and would definitely hike again.

27 days ago

Easy hike. Amazing view Try going to other rock for amazing fire tower shot

28 days ago

This was such a wonderful hike. The trail is shady and offers several rest benches. The view from the tower is worth the effort and will take your breath away. It was a treat getting to meet Mr. Ellis and seeing him work his post.

28 days ago

Just completed this beautiful hike. 45 minutes from trailhead to the fire tower. Met the full time ranger there, very nice and sweet man, in his 34 year manning the fire tower with his wife. Some of the best views in Colorado without doing a Fourteener.

28 days ago

Perfect hike!

28 days ago

It was a great hike, awesome for families with kids and dogs. We loved it!

29 days ago

This is a nice short hike along the front range near Castle Rock. The road up to the trailhead is a well maintained dirt road but very narrow, not designed for 2-way traffic. If you are a camper there are plenty of campsites along the road to the trailhead and near the trailhead itself. There are nicer bathrooms at the base of the trailhead but be prepared with your own toilet paper if it’s a busy weekend. The trail ascends at a steep incline all the way up to the stairs to the fire lookout. There are no real flat areas but plenty of benches to take a break. There are 143 stairs to the top of the fire lookout, which has breathtaking views. Highly encourage you to make the trek to the lookout.

29 days ago

Incredible view once you get to the lookout! Leaves your speechless!!

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