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.

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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4 days ago

omg gorgeous. come early to avoid crowds and parking issues. very easy hike.

5 days ago

The trail is beautiful! Many wild flowers are blooming and great views throughout the hike. It's very busy on weekends and difficult to find a place to park if you don't get there early.

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5 days ago

Fun, rewarding hike when you make it to the lookout tower. Lots of boulders for kids to climb on. Some things to consider...the best way to do this hike with kiddos is to pack lunches, get there early, hike up and picnic at the top and then head back down. Keep in mind that there may still be snowdrifts to hike over in north facing areas until June.

6 days ago

6 days ago

I don't like drop offs but this was worth it. Just do it!

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11 days ago

This middle aged flat lander got to the top in an hour with short breathing breaks along the way. Well worth the hike up to a pretty setting for the ranger's cabin before going to the top of the stairs to the fire lookout. The views were gorgeous with wonderful 360 degree views of the front range and plateau to the east. The hike down was quick and pleasant. Go early!

11 days ago

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13 days ago

Crowded and simple but cool views from the fire tower...once you navigate past all the people!

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13 days ago

Decent hike with some gorgeous views, especially at the top. It is always crowded af and people leave their dog shit all over the trail. Near the end there is a fork in the trail (to the right is the firewatch tower), i would suggest adding on the lesser-traveled trail to the left.

Beautiful shaded hike with a big surprise at the end for kiddos!!! One of my favorites!!!

15 days ago

Excellent hike. Long drive on gravel road to get to trailhead. About 3 miles in hike round trip. Great views from top. Got there at 7am during week and it was empty.

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18 days ago

Great trail-lots of rise getting there. Hailed on us on the return but didn't last long. Stairs to lookout was a calf burner.

18 days ago

This hike is good for all skill levels! Great views at the top and make sure you go on a clear day and start early because the parking lot fills up quick! Also the park ranger at the top is the coolest!

18 days ago

What a great escape so close to everything!