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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running

walking

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.

Overall a great short hike. It was a little busier than I expected. Only other downside was people need to clean up after their dogs, good portion of the trail smelled like dog poop. Otherwise good hike with great views.

1 day ago

Nice trail for everyone. The road in is rough: take it slow or have fun w/an AWD w/good clearance. Parking is LIMITED. We got there around 9:30 am, no parking. There is overflowing parking about 1/4 mile down from the trail head.

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4 days ago

Nice day hike with great views.

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5 days ago

Great trail! Some interesting rock formations also by the trail. The parking lot is nearly full even on Monday so if you have a choice, avoid weekends or get there early. Driving up there is a bit hassle. Some of the unpaved road is like long stretch of speed bumps.

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13 days ago

Short hike but second-to-none views.

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13 days ago

one of colorado's best hikes! i love hikes that have good views at the end and this one easily takes the cake!

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15 days ago

We arrived later in the afternoon and had no problem finding parking at the trailhead nor were there many people at all on the trail. arrived at the top just before 6 when the ranger closed up for the day, and my kiddo got a cool card for having made it. The lookout provides fantastic views on any regular sunny Colorado day, but due to the fires burning around us, the skies were very hazy..

I will say that the dirt road in can be bumpy and jarring but it really depends on the type of vehicle you are driving as well as how fast you're going. We were in my civic going 20 mph or so and while it wasn't ideal, it is totally doable!

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16 days ago

Worth the climb for that fantastic view from the historic firewatch tower!

17 days ago

the hike is moderate but if you're afraid of heights like I am, the stairs at the end might get you...just go one step at a time, don't look around until you're inside the lookout building at the top. ;)