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.

Been hiking this trail for 35 years. Always fun and beautiful! Great for kids and dogs.

Good short hike, great views including Denver 30+ miles away. I did this hike on a Thursday late afternoon and only past 4-8 hikers heading up for sunset as I was heading down.

Traveling to trail head is a decent trek on a dirt road which doesn't require 4WD/AWD but does have washboard segments which keeps the speeds slow.

Good quick sub 2 hour trip.

This is my go-to hike for all my out of town visitors. Typically it is very crowded, but most people are courteous and friendly. Get an early start to get parking and be sure to bring water for the pup. Great views and a fun experience climbing the 143 stairs to the fire lookout tower and of course meeting Billy Ellis who has been stationed at the tower for over 33 summers!

Great hangover hike, like really wow. Ample free parking.

Loved this hike! Amazing views!
Only issue was our gps took us down a county road that was full of rocks and we had off road for 5 miles. We took another way out and it was fine. If your gps tries to take you down a county road and it looks rough don’t go down it, it only gets worse unless you have a Jeep or 4 wheel drive. We were coming from Colorado Springs.

Nice! Uphill 1st half then down way back. Plenty of shade along the way but no water for the doggo so bring some for them too! Great views from the lookout tower.

hiking
6 days ago

My wife and I could not finish it, we ended up turning around at the 3 mile mark, the trail was getting too rough. The trail is on the side of a hill and parallels the South Platte River. We are not novices, we hike every weekend, but we did not feel comfortable continuing on, there are some boulders you have to navigate around and some very steep (but short) parts of the trail

However I would recommend the 6 miles out and back we did, the scenery is gorgeous.

i really love the app, but you really need to give me the option of downloading maps when a wifi is not available. 9 times out of 10, I'm out of wifi range when I decide to plan a hike.

Spectacular views! Had a great time on this hike. Short and sweet.

13 days ago

Awesome hike! Take plenty of water. This is a tough one!!

Definitely a bit steep and rocky at points, but plenty of shade after the first mile or so. Narrow at some points with a handful of (in my opinion) brave bikers. View at the top of the Plymouth Mountain trail is worth it.

Nice short hike with moderate elevation gain.
Beautiful / awesome views.
Yes, lots of hikers, but what the heck! They are all doing what we love, and introducing kids and “newbies” to the joys of “getting out there”.
Easy access. Give it a try!

Wonderful hike but most days busy with crowds hiking up. Easy hike although parking can be a challenge.

Beautiful hike! Fun for the whole family, though difficult in certain areas. Be prepared for the steep step climb at the end to reach the lookout itself.

Recommend going during the day on a weekday, as it is pretty popular.

Well designed

Great hike! Path was well maintained with lots of great photo ops along the way.

mountain biking
19 days ago

Great trail! No one around even on Labor Day Weekend. The first 2 miles are gradual uphill but the rest is sweet sweet rolling single track.

Very nice short hike. I made the hike from the parking lot to the site one about 90 minutes. Spectacular views!

What a fun and beautiful hike in the forest! The pup loved it too!

Great hike!!! But they weren’t lying about the “road” to get there. Extremely bumpy and also curvy so if you or someone you’re with gets car sick, be aware and take it slow. Other than that the hike up was awesome. I’m not 100% used to the elevation yet so I did stop about 2-3 times for some water and to catch my breath. There’s a halfway point too which is great letting you know where you are throughout the trail. The steps to the tower are very steep so be cautious with that. Busy trail which was perfect for me because I usually hike alone with my dog. 10/10

Short, relatively easy hike with amazing 360-degree panoramic views atop the Fire Lookout cabin. Plenty of bouldering to do along the way, especially at the top. You could spend 2-3 hours on a quick hike or you could spend 12 hours hiking and bouldering around!

As other people have mentioned, the last 9 Miles (30-45 mins) to the trailhead is on a narrow, uneven dirt/gravel with minimal space for oncoming traffic, sharp turns, and drop offs. Not nearly as intense as Pike’s Peak or Mt. Evans drives, but make sure you have gas and decent tires. 4WD is nice but not absolutely necessary.

Parking is limited and fills up by 9-10am (or earlier)

Trailhead is at 9,000 feet with the Fire Lookout at about 9800.

Great trail all around. Has some tough parts - although admittedly made tougher by the 25 lb baby on my back, but it's beautiful when you get up there! Great for dogs (Meadowlark can get narrow for passing purposes). Lot of fun!! we shall be back!

Quick hike, not too steep and surprisingly great views!

hiking
27 days ago

The trail doesn't quite have scenic views but it is a good moderate trail nonetheless. If you plan on continuing to Roxborough park via Sharptail trail, bring some protection against the sun because the trail is pretty much open space all the way.

Awesome hike! We got to meet Billy up in the tower. What a great guy!!

Easy 3 mi RT with a cool view.

Great front range hike but expect crowds on most days. I did this hike with my 9yr old son and he had no issues but he's also an active hiker. The lookout is an awesome prize for the hike and we both loved the stairs and seeing out across the front range. I clocked 3.5mi in total and started at the TH. Keep in mind the road to get there is heavily trafficked with numerous offroaders and can get rough in sections due to the washboard. A great weekend hike to get outside and enjoy Colorado. We did 3.5mi in 2:29 and that included lunch at the top.

will definately do it again.

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