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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 trail (easily accessible by passenger cars) from CO67. Note that the road is frequently closed in spring by the Forest Service.
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  • If you are ever up this way, take the hike up to Devils Head - it is definitely worth it! The Ranger is a smashing guy, down to earth and very accommodating! The view is breathtaking and you can see a...  more »
  • This hike is totally worth it. The tower on the top is something you can't find anywhere else and the view is amazing. It's an easy less than 3 miles hike, great for families with kids and dogs. This ...  more »
  • Nice long trail w/many opportunities to rock climb along the way. Easy enough trail but very long and ascending. When you get to the top, you have the option to climb the narrow 100+ stairs to the for...  more »
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  • If your in a car the roads can be a bit risky near the top of the mountain. Be prepared for 180 turns and gravel. Tons of places to go 4-wheeling, dirt biking, climbing or just driving around. Super fun. Get gas before going.
  • Great hike and final destination. It's a steady climb up to the base of the fire tower. There's a sign indicating the half way point too. The drive to the trail head is not bad and fine for a 2WD vehicle. The last 8 miles, if you come from Castle Rock, is slow going due to all the twists and turns. Here are the coordinates for the tower: 39.260342, -105.101271
  • Classic Colorado hike, easy for the moderately fit, challenging but doable for couch potatoes and five year olds with enthusiasm. Recommend taking CO 67 west to Rampart Range Rd. If you walk at a leisurely pace it takes 90 minutes to get to the top. Those afraid of heights may balk at the final stair climb, but you can hold both sides of the hand rails and it is very sturdy. The 360 views from the top are amazing. The on-site ranger (May through September) is friendly and patient with common questions. Try to get up before noon to reduce chance encounters with rain. Lightning will close the lookout for obvious reasons.
  • Lovely hike with amazing views at the top (and along the way, too). Be prepared to drive on dirt roads to get there and unless you're lucky, you may have to park in overflow parking, which will add to your hike. I would highly recommend stopping by O'Brien's Cafe in Sedalia for breakfast or lunch on your way back to civilization!
  • For a beginner I thought this was hard, however my husband didn't even break a sweat. It's a steady incline all the way to the top, with the lookout being lots of stairs up. I was happy to find there was a bathroom waiting up there. Trail seems to be well maintained.