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.

2.7 miles
912 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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.

1 day ago

Easy hike with a solid view

1 day ago

3 days ago

Great views and not too hard on the muscles. Very enjoyable. Lots of people with children and dogs enjoying the trail.

8 days ago

Great hike close enough to Denver for a fun half day. We went on Saturday 5/13 and it was a beautiful day. Not too hard and the views are spectacular. There were plenty of other hikers when we went, especially at the lookout area, but it wasn't like being in Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer or that level of crowded. South Rampart Range Road is a fun and slow drive and you could probably get by with a car but a 4wd is deffinitely recommended. Overall great hike with some awesome fascinators. Will be back again.

10 days ago

Great for kids! Spectacular views at the lookout!

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11 days ago

Great trail. Not too long if you are bringing the kids along. Amazing view from the fire watch station. Only downside is parking, but if you look for folks leaving you will eventually snag a spot. Also, as you are heading up the road to the trail watch for dirt bikes and four wheelers as this is also a recreation area for those vehicles. They have their own trails that parallel the road but sometimes you see them on the main road.

11 days ago

12 days ago

Great hike! Great if you have visitors not used to altitude. Beautiful views and not too difficult.

13 days ago

Great hike and fantastic views at the top (and along the way)!

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16 days ago

Absolutely stunning views with a 360 degree view! Can see for miles upon miles!

18 days ago

Really amazing views, definitely a new family favorite! An easy, well groomed trail. We'll definitely be back!

18 days ago

A little bit of a drive on narrow dirt roads, but the view is amazing! Unparalleled by anything I have ever seen.

25 days ago

Amazing views in every direction once you get to the fire tower. Pretty easy hike with many several places to stop and rest

27 days ago

Getting to the fire tower and the view from it is worth pursuing for folks not from town and looking to get out of town for a quick hop. Afterwards stop @ Bud's Bar for a Brew & burger.