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Devils Head Lookout, Sedalia

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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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  • I went to devils lookout when I was a child and the fire tower was still there and staffed. The view was awesome and the stories of the ranger were fantastic. All of the stools and furnishings were on...  more »
  • One of my favorite hikes. Pack a lunch, climb to the top of the fire lookout, but be prepared to smell dog poo almost the entire way up the mountain. There are no garbage cans and people are supposed ...  more »
  • This really gives you the lay of the land, one of the best foothill hikes. Please don't park in a way that damages the nature you have come to see, if the lot is full then park at the overflow area do...  more »
  • 143 steps to the top of a lookout tower and the view is unforgettable. Bring a lunch and a good friend, create some memories. Easy trail!
  • One of my fav hikes close to Denver! Gorgeous 360 views on top of lookout tower. Be aware of 8 mile dirt road to get there and get your hike on. About a 2 mile out and back hike on a moderate trail with about 800ft elevation. Dogs allowed on leash.
  • Such great views. Nice easy hike with a fantastic reward. Kid friendly
  • AMAZING VIEWS! Very much worth the hike. The trail is very easy to trek, and is well traveled, so you should have no fears of getting lost or unintentionally going off trail. Haha The whole hike is pretty easy, but climbing the stairs at the end is a little more challenging. The stairs are steep and narrow. If you have a fear of heights, it might be a little nerving for you to get to the top, but as every other review will tell you... the views are WELL WORTH IT!
  • Great hike and fun drive getting there.

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