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

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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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23 hours ago

It has an amazing view from the fire tower. However, it is packed on a weekend and the pit towels were very smelly with trash stacked outside the door. Lots of dog poop smells, graffiti, and kinda disrespectful people. Zin lookout was a nice break from the crowds and still had amazing views. (We also had boots on trail at 8:50)

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1 day ago

I would give this 5 stars for the views and the knowledgeable ranger but do not go on a weekend in July. It was basically a parade of families, dogs and large groups of people up to the lookout. It seems ver touristy and therefore a lot of disrespectful trail use with people running all over the place and not using the trail. Not a peaceful outing with so many people. I can imagine it would be wonderful on an early mourning during the week.

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3 days ago

Absolutely loved it! View is amazing! Got there before 8am so parking wasn't an issue, but the parking lot was full by the time we left. Highly recommend this trail!

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4 days ago

Love the fact that the trail is all shaded. Great views at the top of the fire lookout

The road to the trail is crummy but the hike is worth it. Nice trail and pretty easy.

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5 days ago

Best views I've ever seen on a hike. Mild trail with an epic watch tower at the end with a nice old man stationed there watching for forest fires. Favorite "views" hike I've done to date.

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5 days ago

Absolutely amazing.

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8 days ago

great destination hike with incredible views! Stair case to the tower may be scary for some people or dogs.

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9 days ago

Fantasitc hike.

Recommend you arrive before 8:30am on a weekend. We got there at 8am straight up and were one of the first there which made for a great hike with our Lab. Pack in pack out, no trash cans, so be aware for pet clean up and trash. Last 10 miles of drive to trailhead is dirt road which is just bumpy and slow but passable by any vehicle most likely.

The obvious recommendation. Wear good shoes and bring appropriate water. Billy the ranger is fantastic and very impressive individual as a whole. Steps to the lookout can be a bit challenging for pets or those that fear heights as our lab made it 80% of the way up before saying "nope" to the last 2 flights of stairs so had to take her back down. Family went up and loved it very cool to do.

On the way back down, the trail was packed and there was zero parking when we left and that was at about 11am.

Well worth the trip

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9 days ago

I live at sea level, so with the altitude change this was a tough first day hike for me with a backpack, but very doable. Stopped to eat about halfway, and the views are (as advertised) incredible; there are some stunning vistas along the trail, not just up at the tower. It was busy, but not too crowded to accommodate runners, families, etc.

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9 days ago

Took my older parents on this hike with me, kind of an incline though. Grab extra water, and extra T-P. Defiantly worth the hike and the stair climb. Bill is awesome!!!!