Explore the most popular forest trails near Sedalia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Out and back 2.5 total hike with 1000 ft gain. Beautiful long vistas at several points. Very few wildflowers or birds. Watch tower is an unusual historical element with impressive 360 degree views. We ate lunch in a green fairytale meadow anchored by two opposing granite walls.

Great little hike! Mostly switchbacks to the top and it’s highly trafficked. It was super windy the day we went so make sure to bring layers (it was especially windy on the stairs to the tower). The park ranger was at the Lookout tower! Well worth it! Beautiful views!

It's a fairly easy hike. No steep ascents just gradual climbing all the way to the lookout. Enjoyed the many huge rock outcroppings and treelined trail.

I went early on a foggy day and it was great! Had the trail to myself the entire way up - several large groups were at the bottom around 10:30am. I’ll definitely be back on a clear morning

they say the burn area is not a place to see..It is beautiful as it recovers.

Easy to navigate, awesome views from the tower.

Great Hike, low traffic, amazing views

Loved the trail today with my pup. The drive in is long and very different for this new Coloradan. Trail is pretty easy and the views are amazing. Saw lots of hikers and dogs out.

9 days ago

Tough trail, but well worth the effort! If not for other posted reviews, not quite sure we would have made it. Once you leave the creek and start climbing, the trail becomes pretty nonexistent. We went into it assuming we'd get lost as others have commented due to it being poorly marked. Despite our best efforts to follow the trail map, it only gets you so close. There are so many random trails up there, but they all appear to eventually end up in the same place. Definitely watch for the cairns, they are your best resource once you start making your way around the dome to begin to climb. The arch takes a bit of effort to get down to; to the right and down the dome face towards the organ pipe rock will get you there. We didn't see anyone else out there until we were finally heading down to begin the hike back. Great workout, would do it again. Would not recommend for novice hikers

13 days ago

Awesome hike with massive views of the surrounding mountains at the Fire Tower. There are tons of dispersed campsites and other trails nearby.

The road to the TH is pretty rough in certain spots. Nice hike up and easy trail to follow. The view at the top is amazing!

Dirt road to the trailhead, most cars should be fine. The trail itself had snow/mud and was a bit slippery but nothing too bad, we did it in regular hiking shoes and were fine, just mind your step. This is a gorgeous hike and the views from the top of the tower are a must see!

As previously mentioned, the roads are good all the way to the trail head. It was a great hike with an amazing 360 degree view from the fire tower. Make sure to wear bug repellent, as there are swarming bugs when you reach the tower lookout area. Unfortunately, there's a lot of graffiti written on what used to be information signs- now completely unreadable. Additionally, it's a pack-in pack-out so make sure you bring all of your trash (and dog poop) back out of the hike when you leave.

Went with my two dogs yesterday and was amazing. Great conditions for hiking. The first few hundred feet were a bit muddy, but other than that it was completely dry. Beautiful views along the way, but the view at the end was one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Easily my favorite short hike I’ve taken in Colorado.

Loved the views and quietness. Not heavily trafficked

it's a hard hike, then you come through the hard rock to heaven. they should rename this to the hard long journey to bliss. it was so amazing.

Beautiful hike! Shade the whole way, fairly busy on the Friday we went. My kids loved the hike(3, 6, & 8).

Road was open , road to trailhead is clear. Trail was very scenic, lots of trees :) The view is unbelievable:) Put this on your list!!!

off road driving
19 days ago

A pretty decent off road trail that isn’t too far from the city.

One of my favs

22 days ago

Great spot for hiking and mt biking. This open space has over 13 miles of trails.

The road is open again. The description needs to be updated.

It's a nice hike through a beautiful forest and there are some spots with great views along the way. I'm in average shape and had no issues getting up there with a few 30 second stops to catch my breath and sip some water. Just take your time going up. The views are definitely worth it. The crowds come and go in waves. If you hang out for a bit you can have the place to yourself for a few minutes until the next wave of people.

The view is 5-stars, but I agree with what the previous reviewer said about the condition and general respectfulness of the people on the trail.

25 days ago

Views were ok. Trail didn’t always feel like it was clearly marked. I’d recommend alt trails.

The view is great, but the trail has been loved to death. There's graffiti in places, and people have carved into the trees below the halfway point. The informational signs along the trail have been destroyed and occasionally painted over by bad artists advertising their instagrams. So much disrespect for a great historical site.

Way too crowded with so many off leash dogs. People very obviously not cleaning up after their dogs.

This is a great candidate for trails that could be shut down or severely restricted until people learn to respect our state, and each other.

This hike was way better than I had expected, I thought it'd just be some boring/simple lookout post on the top of the mountain with "a single view" but no! It was a lookout with an awesome 360 view of the surrounding valleys and mountains! You can even go inside the lookout post and talk to the man that's been working there for 34 summers (wow), take note of the stickies on the walls as they actually "point" in the direction of whats on them. This is one of those "unspoken" hikes that not many people know of, but it's definitely on the top of my list for "must-dos".

P.S. There's a secret hidden path to get on top of the rocks across from the lookout post directly across from it where you can enjoy a picnic/lunch on top of the rocks with the same view as the lookout post (more or less).

off road driving
26 days ago

Rampart Range is primarily used for dirt bike and atv riding. If you visit Rampart with any other intentions you will likely be disappointed. My family loves this place as it offers over a hundred miles of trails that vary in difficulty. The views are mostly through wooded trees unless you know where to go.

I would strongly encourage those who write the details on these pages to completely change the description of Rampart Range so that people have a better idea of what to expect. A brilliant time on a dirt motorcycle and a disappointment for any other use. Which is a huge thumbs up from me!!

Warm enough for dusk hike. awesome view!

Great hike with amazing views. The trail is hard to follow from the river bed. The all trails map keeps you close, but keep an eye out for the cairns they are well placed. We saw a couple other groups on the trail, but for the most part were by ourselves. Will do this again!

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