Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

MODERATE 702 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

I went early on a foggy day and it was great! Had the trail to myself the entire way up - several large groups were at the bottom around 10:30am. I’ll definitely be back on a clear morning

2 days ago

Easy to navigate, awesome views from the tower.

4 days ago

Great Hike, low traffic, amazing views

hiking
5 days ago

Loved the trail today with my pup. The drive in is long and very different for this new Coloradan. Trail is pretty easy and the views are amazing. Saw lots of hikers and dogs out.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome hike with massive views of the surrounding mountains at the Fire Tower. There are tons of dispersed campsites and other trails nearby.

11 days ago

The road to the TH is pretty rough in certain spots. Nice hike up and easy trail to follow. The view at the top is amazing!

hiking
13 days ago

Dirt road to the trailhead, most cars should be fine. The trail itself had snow/mud and was a bit slippery but nothing too bad, we did it in regular hiking shoes and were fine, just mind your step. This is a gorgeous hike and the views from the top of the tower are a must see!

hiking
13 days ago

As previously mentioned, the roads are good all the way to the trail head. It was a great hike with an amazing 360 degree view from the fire tower. Make sure to wear bug repellent, as there are swarming bugs when you reach the tower lookout area. Unfortunately, there's a lot of graffiti written on what used to be information signs- now completely unreadable. Additionally, it's a pack-in pack-out so make sure you bring all of your trash (and dog poop) back out of the hike when you leave.

hiking
14 days ago

Went with my two dogs yesterday and was amazing. Great conditions for hiking. The first few hundred feet were a bit muddy, but other than that it was completely dry. Beautiful views along the way, but the view at the end was one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Easily my favorite short hike I’ve taken in Colorado.

15 days ago

it's a hard hike, then you come through the hard rock to heaven. they should rename this to the hard long journey to bliss. it was so amazing.

15 days ago

Beautiful hike! Shade the whole way, fairly busy on the Friday we went. My kids loved the hike(3, 6, & 8).

16 days ago

Road was open , road to trailhead is clear. Trail was very scenic, lots of trees :) The view is unbelievable:) Put this on your list!!!

18 days ago

One of my favs

hiking
22 days ago

The road is open again. The description needs to be updated.

It's a nice hike through a beautiful forest and there are some spots with great views along the way. I'm in average shape and had no issues getting up there with a few 30 second stops to catch my breath and sip some water. Just take your time going up. The views are definitely worth it. The crowds come and go in waves. If you hang out for a bit you can have the place to yourself for a few minutes until the next wave of people.

hiking
22 days ago

The view is 5-stars, but I agree with what the previous reviewer said about the condition and general respectfulness of the people on the trail.

hiking
23 days ago

The view is great, but the trail has been loved to death. There's graffiti in places, and people have carved into the trees below the halfway point. The informational signs along the trail have been destroyed and occasionally painted over by bad artists advertising their instagrams. So much disrespect for a great historical site.

Way too crowded with so many off leash dogs. People very obviously not cleaning up after their dogs.

This is a great candidate for trails that could be shut down or severely restricted until people learn to respect our state, and each other.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was way better than I had expected, I thought it'd just be some boring/simple lookout post on the top of the mountain with "a single view" but no! It was a lookout with an awesome 360 view of the surrounding valleys and mountains! You can even go inside the lookout post and talk to the man that's been working there for 34 summers (wow), take note of the stickies on the walls as they actually "point" in the direction of whats on them. This is one of those "unspoken" hikes that not many people know of, but it's definitely on the top of my list for "must-dos".

P.S. There's a secret hidden path to get on top of the rocks across from the lookout post directly across from it where you can enjoy a picnic/lunch on top of the rocks with the same view as the lookout post (more or less).

hiking
24 days ago

Warm enough for dusk hike. awesome view!

hiking
24 days ago

Went up for sunrise this morning. Trail is totally clear and dry and the views were stunning!

hiking
26 days ago

The road to this hike becomes a red dirt road all the way up through the mountain. The hike is through a beautiful forest, we did this hike 4-24-18 in a snowy blizzard. At the top of the tower was very windy and we couldn't really see the view but still very beautiful. Will definitely be back in summer.

26 days ago

Great short hike. I was able to make to the tower in about an hour and 15 min. Thank God the road was open. Yes. it is open.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views. The lookout is really cool, as well as the history behind it. Did this hike with a 3yo and 6yo with no issues. The road was open at the time so we did not have to hike in.

hiking
1 month ago

Went this past weekend 2018-04-15 and road was open to trail head.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with the most rewarding views around!

We went while the road was still closed so be warned it adds an extra 6 miles to the start of the trail head for the hike. The road leading to the trail head was open dirt road. Fun for dogs, just was a very long trip if your not expecting it or not the best hiker.
If your going when the road closes pack a lunch it’s a long trip, we didn’t see any trash cans so what you bring in take with you out.
Overall I would have said 5-5 stars but when we went we had the impression it was 6 miles added on round trip not both ways so very under prepared and had a rough time but the view was worth it!

One of my favorite trails because the end is so rewarding! Beautiful views.

1 month ago

Road still closed

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy, but great view!

2 months ago

Road closed

4 months ago

My favorite hike here so far! The views from the top are AMAZING!!

4 months ago

Sadly the road there is closed so it adds about 6 miles to the hike.

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