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Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower [CLOSED]

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Pike National Forest

Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower [CLOSED] is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Larkspur, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 885 ft Route type Out & Back

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Please note: This area closed for the entire season and the road leading to the trailhead - Rampart Range Road - is closed due to hazardous conditions. The road leading to the trailhead (Rampart Range Road) is closed annually from at latest December 1st through the rest of the winter. Please check with Pike National Forest before visiting. 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.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

The tower is the highest object around for miles, so it is a magnet for lightning. If there is any indication of storms you should plan your visit for a different day. There is good camping in the area, and Rampart Range road is a fun drive. Pack a lunch. Near the top there is a nice meadow and some boulders where you can picnic.

Directions from Sedalia: Devils Head Lookout Trail can be reached by traveling approximately ten miles west of Sedalia on Highway 67 to the Rampart Range Road (check with Rangers to make sure road is open). Turn left (south) on the Rampart Range Road for approximately eight and one-half miles to the trailhead.

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Ashley F
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HikingClosed

This area closed for the entire season. There’s a forest order in place. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/notices/?cid=FSEPRD733807 FOREST ORDER USDA FOREST SERVICE PIKE NATIONAL FOREST South Platte Ranger District Conifer, Colorado Occupancy and Use Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on the National Forest System (NFS) lands, roads, and trails located in Sections 10 and 15, Township 9 South, Range 69 West, 6th P.M., in Douglas County, Colorado, as shown on this Order’s Exhibit A and further described as: • Devil’s Head Trailhead, Devil’s Head Campground, Devil’s Head Picnic Area, and Devil’s Head Fire Lookout Tower (the “Restricted Area”); • NFSR 300.O, NFSR 300.P, NFSR 300.PA, and NFSR 300.Q (the “Restricted Roads”); and • The Devil’s Head Trail (NFST611) and Zinn Trail (NFST615) (the “Restricted Trails”). The purpose of this Order is to protect public health and safety during the COVID19 pandemic. PROHIBITIONS: 1. Going into or being upon the Restricted Area. 36 C..F.R. § 261.53(e) 2. Being on the Restricted Roads. 36 C.F.R. § 261.54(e) 3. Being on the Restricted Trails. 36 C.F.R. § 261.55(a) EXEMPTIONS: Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order: 1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 2. Persons with a special use authorization or other Forest Service authorization exempting them from the effect of this Order. This Order shall remain in effect from the date of signature through December 1, 2020, or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first. Done at Pueblo, Colorado. DIANA M. TRUJILLO Forest and Grassland Supervisor Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Violations of the prohibitions in this Order are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559 and 3571 ORDER # PSICC-2020-18

Adam Owens
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HikingClosed

Road still closed 05/03/20

Heather B.
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HikingClosed

The road is closed getting there. The comment below encouraged me to drive an hour and a half to just find it closed

Charley Van Amburg
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Hiking

This is in my top ten favorite hikes in all of Colorado. It has gorgeous views. It is very cool that you are able to climb to the top of the fire tower. The view from up there is insanely gorgeous. I have done this hike multiple times and it never disappoints.

Emilee Weniger
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Nov. 2019 Hands down one of my favorite local(ish) hikes. Be prepared for icy trail conditions in the late fall/early winter as a lot of the trail is in shade but micro spikes are fine. Fantastic views. It’s a popular hike so expect people if you go during the weekend for sure. Road to the trail head is not open year round so be aware of road closures.

Taylor Miller-Meeks
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Road is still closed for the season, as of 04/11/20

Rachel McQuillin
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I gave 5 stars because I didn't want to bring the rating down, but we didn't end up doing this hike because Jackson Creek road is still closed, about 20 minutes before you reach the trail head.

Brittany Kay
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Road is still closed. Snow packed in some areas but we were able to just hike along the road.

San Cheung
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The road is closed. Going back in a few weeks when weather clearly warms up.

Bobbi Leavens
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Road to trail is closed!

Andrea Carolina
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This was super beautiful, fun and a good work out. The views were so rewarding! I highly recommend this to anyone :)

Jessica Wartgow
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Reasonably accessible even to the occasional hiker. When I went last fall there wasn’t ice yet but I’d imagine there is now. Offers some beautiful views, though I wasn’t able to get up to the tower because it was closed already for the season. I went to see the aspen but was a bit late in the season. Still definitely recommend this lovely hike.

Rachael Haneghan
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Hiking

beautiful hike, definitely a good one to start out on.

Rhett Bushman
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the fire tower is closed which is a bummer, but a real pretty hike. bring spikes if you have them, it's extremely icy.

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Rob Jaudon
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Just went this past Sunday -Nov 10. Trail is snowpacks pretty much all the way. You can make the hike but I would suggest micro spikes. I did it in some Hoka’s but wished I had boots. Coming down was much worse than going up but I only fell 6 times. The tower is closed for maintenance. Beautiful hike up to the tower. Would love to come back in the dead of winter to see how the landscape changes. Spectacular views on the hike.

Meredith Cammett
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The fire tower is currently closed for maintenance, but the hike was still well worth it!

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Suzanne Coste
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A great short hike with excellent views. The fire tower was unfortunately closed for maintenance...although people were hopping over the gait. I surprisingly handled the elevation gain well (being from Philadelphia). A well maintained trail. Recommend trail sneakers as I did this hike in regular sneakers and slipped a few times on the gravel trail surfaces.

Melissa Smith
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Great views. When entering the camp area head hard right to climb rocks

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Amberlea Mouser
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What a beautiful hike! Short, only 2.8 miles, but pretty steep and high in altitude, so take it slow. The fire station was closed, but there is a set of rocks to the right of it that are claimable which give the nose breathtaking panoramic view. We did just miss the aspen trees changing color, but it was still beautiful nonetheless. Highly recommend to all who are looking for a slightly challenging hike with amazing views.

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Seamus Maher
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Hiking

Trail is nice, great rock formations at the top. All uphill but less then 45 minutes to summit. I drive a low coupe and the drive in is not too bad Just have to go 20mph the last 15 miles.

Ethar Alrabie
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Hiking

Great short hike. We got there before 8 am. The tower is closed but we climbed few rocks on the other side and got some gorgeous views.

Lindsey Mae
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Is it safe for a solo sunrise hike? If so, what time would one leave in the morning?

Thomas Campus
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great little hike. at the end of the drive to get to the trail head 10miles of dirt and switchbacks, be aware. I managed to come climb some rocks at the top and grabbed some good pictures.

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Becca Saunders
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10/3/19 This is always a great hike! It’s such an easy 3 miles. Even with the tower closed you can climb up the rocks on the right for some views! Some of the aspens are yellow but most are green, should be perfect in a week or so.

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