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.

Loved this trail. It does get fairly busy during the later morning/mid-day time. I got there around 9:30 am and there wasn't much parking spaces left and by the time we came back out there were people parked all up and down the side of the road as well. The hike was pretty easy and super super beautiful at the top. It only took a couple hours to go up and back, we spent a good amount of time hanging out at the top of the lookout.

The road up to the trail head is pretty rough! Its all dirt and there's a lot of wash out so it gets very bumpy. The road is pretty steep and has a lot of blind corners. I had quite a few rude people come flying down on while I was going up and it was a little scary, especially since I drive a large truck and cant easily pull off on the side of the road. Don't be one of those people that tries to go flying in and out of there.

Did it for sunrise, awesome. Try to time it to arrive up top before sunrise as the colors start showing about 20 min before official sunrise time.

Great for trail running.

Tough workout, worth it to scramble over some big rocks and see a great vista. Would do again. True story, the trail is at times hard to figure out, but we followed the cairns, and our GPS when needed, got us there just fine.

Such a beautiful view from the top of the tower - kids enjoyed climbing on boulders - really a great hike!! One word of caution... if driving from/to Woodland Park - stay on Rampart Range Road... I’m not familiar with the area and our GPS took us on road on the way back down that started our great, but ended up being a 4x4 road by the end.

Really fun moderate trail. In late August/early September you can see ladybugs on the walkway up to the fire tower and the gentleman who runs it is a kind soul and happy to share his knowledge of the surrounding area and history. Beautiful view from the fire tower as well just don’t look down! Ha.

The pinnacle of this hike, the last 143 steps, was meeting 86 year old Billy Ellis who has kept his watch on Colorado for 34 years atop the firefighter lookout. An incredible man and by far the coolest hike I have ever done!

Nice and easy trail. The top of Devil’s Head is absolutely stunning, even with all the bugs in your face. Definitely would hike again. Great for someone looking for an easy hike with a beautiful view.

Awesome trail, shaded and well maintained. Fire tower on top is amazing.

Only went half way today but overall badass trail 10/10 would hike again.

Man, this trail is awesome. It’s so beautiful and really quick, but you still work up a bit of a sweat. It took us about 40 minutes up and 20 down. Plan for plenty of time checking out views at the top, though.

While a bit out of the way, it's definitely worth the trip! The hike itself isn't all that long, but this views are stunning!

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11 days ago

Great loop trail. Largely shaded, with minimal traffic. Mostly bikers coming through. Easy incline.

Loved the hike. It was up, up, up all the way there. Absolutely beautiful. The views were amazing and we were told that they are even better without the smokey haze. It was great talking to Billy once we got up to the lookout. Learned quite a few fascinating facts. It would have been very difficult to get lost on this one since the trail was so obviously the trail. The parking lot was very crowded. There were plenty of dogs on the trail but I didn't see one pile of poop. Owners and dogs were all very friendly. This is a "must go" if you like scenery with a history lesson all with one effort!

Great hike for quick views without heading too far out of the Metro area. Enjoyed hiking here with some older folks and the dog. The trail is well maintained and offers a fair amount of shade. Parking is tough, but worth it. It’s nice to have a clear destination at the top and a unique experience overall.

Beautiful short hike with absolutely amazing 360 views. If you want to surround yourself with a mixture of aspens and red rock but don’t want to exhaust yourself, this is the one.

Meeting the 86 year old ranger who’s been there since 1984 was a nice experience at the top.

Stairs have rails so they aren’t too bad.

This was a breathtaking hike with beautiful views. Lots of rocks to climb, nice breeze made for wonderful sounds and the view from the top was spectacular. Went on a Friday and it was not too crowded. I highly recommend this hike!

Got to the trailhead around 9 and had no trouble parking but it is a Friday.... did the hike with our small dog and wore our 6 month old. The trail can be a bit precarious but it’s a pretty great. We ran into a fair amount of folks but it wasn’t overly packed. All in all, a nice time outside!

Great for hiking with kids. Pretty crowded on the weekends

The hike is amazing, but it smells like dog urine the entire time. You can smell it from the parking lot! It’s gross. LOTS of dogs on the trail, so beware of the dog poop.

Today was beautiful, cool and cloudy. The views were somewhat limited due to weather, but temps were perfect. The parking lot was CROWDED, trails were fairly busy too. I still love this hike, though. I waved to the ranger in the tower! I've never actually seen someone in there before! I have done this hike numerous times, but had family from out of state along today. They really enjoyed the aspens, and all the green vegetation. The stairs at the top were somewhat intimidating for them, it was pretty windy and cold by the time we got up there. Overall though, this is a great hike for people who are visiting the area and might not be acclimated for a higher elevation hike. This is a good one for kids, too!

Did this trail today. Got to the trailhead at 0730 and it was already getting packed...so get there early! Very easy hike with great views!

Pretty hike, fairly shaded. Good elevation gain at a steady rate (if you are used to it, more than likely more rough for out of staters ). The view from the top is beautiful! Also, any 2WD vehicle with normal clearance can make it to the trail head. There is no mud, or deep pits or bumps. There is one spot where any vehicle will have to go slow because of the angle you can't see around the curve. Did this last Wednesday afternoon and saw about 20 people.

Great hike, loved the great views, parking area is not that big and only restroom is at the trailhead, one at the top is closed. Worth the drive even though it’s a shorter trail/hike, get out outside and enjoy!!!!

I believe this is also Segment 1 of the Colorado Trail. Do it!!!

This was probably one of my favorite views of the whole trip. You get a 360view from the fire lookout and the hike is truly enjoyable going up. Great rocks throughout the way and it was not too crowded during a Thursday afternoon. Next time I will want to wait for the sunset up here.

Absolutely amazing. Is a bucket list item!!

We went on a Monday evening to watch the sunset.. Only ran into a few people along the way. Absolutely beautiful and will definitely do again.

Great hike! We arrived around 9am which was right before the crowds so it worked out well. If you're new to CO, the altitude can get you, but otherwise easy.

what a fun trail. we had a great hike. the drive in can be tricky mainly because of drivers going 40 mph in a 20 zone. great views of pike peak and we saw some wild turkeys.

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