Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

MODERATE 598 reviews
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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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running

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forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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Awesome views and great trail!

This hike was so beautiful and the fall color was great! I couldn't believe how vast the view was at the top.

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One of our favorites, great to bring non-local guests and children to. Our dog loves it but we don’t take her up the fire tower as it’s got little room to maneuver in some cases. I have seen dogs up there, however. Great hike in spring/summer/fall!

7 days ago

loved this hike! beautiful views!!

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12 days ago

it was a great hike. be prepared that it is uphill the whole way in. It is kid friendly, if your kids are up to it. but it is worth the effort. gorgeous view from the top.

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14 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Stunning 360 degree views from the fire tower. It's an incline all the way up ending with 143 steps up the stairs to the tower. Awesome rock formations, mountain top views and even a view of the front range and downtown Denver. We started the hike at 9:30 and there was already quite a few people, it was very busy on the way down around noon. Took a side trail to Zinn's Overlook, which was definitely worth it. Less trafficked and popular with the rock climbers.

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14 days ago

Great hike and a great workout. All uphill on the way to the fire post station. Many reviews say this is a quick easy hike but for a novice hiker this truly is moderate. There are plenty of places to rest though and the trail is wide enough to let people pass. The uphill is all worth it when you get the 360 degree views from the fire post. If you have a fear of heights beware this will freak you out, but do it and have a death grip on the railings because it's worth it! Went on a Saturday about 10:30 and parking was full so we parked in the overflow lot about a 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Added some extra walking but kept us from being blocked in by all the yahoo's who decided to just make their own parking and block the small road. Gravel road was passable in a sedan but pretty bumpy from time to time...probably because it's getting late in the season. Do this hike. You won't regret it!