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Devils Head Lookout, Sedalia

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#39 of 246 in Trails in Colorado
Devil's Head Lookout is a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout tower at the summit of Devils Head in Douglas County, Colorado. Located on a large pinnacle of Pikes Peak granite, the fire lookout point lies within the Pike National Forest and is accessed by hiking the Devils Head National Recreation Trail.
The station was first established in 1912, with the original tower built in 1919. In the summer of 1951, the old tower was dismantled and current structure was built. In 1991, Devil's Head Lookout was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Sitting at the highest point of Rampart Range, the fire lookout is the last remaining such structure to be in service along the Front Range of Colorado.
The view from the current structure extends at least 100 miles in every direction on clear days.
The lookout (elev. 9748 feet, or 2971 m) can be accessed via easy/moderate trail (2.8 miles, or 4.5 km round trip) with elevation gain of 951 feet, or 290 m. The last stretch is a climb on 143 stairs. The access is from Rampart Range Road, a 14.5-km dirt road (easily accessible by passenger cars) from CO67. Note that the road to the trailhead is always closed to vehicles during the winter and typically does not open until April or May.
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  • Hike is not overly long. Climbing the stairs is a great workout. Love this place when the crowds are few. E  more »
  • This hike is well worth the time to get there. The views are incredible. The trailhead starts after nine miles of unpacked driving along Rampart Range if you approach from the north. There are beautif...  more »
  • Great views. Early morning weekday and we had the place to ourselves (other than the keeper). Got a chance to enjoy all views, and read the many interesting items on the interior walls - - including t...  more »
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  • One of the best hikes I’ve ever taken! If you go a little later on the afternoon it’s not as busy! We got it talk to bill in the lookout and he was so sweet. The view was breathtaking at the top
  • Great hike, close to Denver, amazing views from the top! One of my favorite hikes in the Pike National Forest. Can be crowded in the summer on the weekends, there is sometimes a wait to visit the lookout on top, but the views are the best around!
  • One of our fave hikes for the family! We love the view from the top, the kids love climbing the rocks, and it’s not a long hike.. perfect for a half day trip with the fam from Denver. The side trails aren’t special.. just go to the top & climb the stairs.. it’s worth it!
  • So beautiful. Spots to look during the hike, but once you get to the top it's incredible. Just breathtaking.
  • Nice hike and lookout tower with spectacular views.
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