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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 liked that this hike isn't terribly far from a town. It was a nice day get-away. It's a nice easy hike with a great trail. The actual tower lookout was closed for maintenance the day we went but...  more »
  • Great down and back trail....or rather, up and down. 1.4 miles with tremendous views and picturesque spots! Great trail and the view on top was well worth all the work! I’d love to do this again...  more »
  • Devil’s Head Lookout is an easy hike despite guide books listing it as moderate. The road out could be questionable for cars with very low clearance. We liked the flowers and lush underbrush broken up by great vistas and rocks to scramble. At the end, the stairs to the fire tower were closed because of painting, but we ascended a rock formation roughly parallel to the tower and took in the views.
  • I loved this hike as a child growing up in Denver. You can even see its profile from the city. I was recently able to show my 10 yo daughter this hike. She had so much fun climbing on the rocks and she was impressed with the view just as I still am. I wish people would stay on the trails.

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