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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

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Devil's Head Lookout Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters) Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 948 Feet (295.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,748 Feet (3038.7 Meters) Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 1.4 Miles (2.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 611
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

San Isabel South Platte Devils Heads Tower
Copyright: H. Deutsch
San Isabel South Platte Devils Heads Tower
The Devil's Head Lookout Trail begins in the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground and ends at the last fire lookout for the Pike National Forest. The trail receives heavy use from nearly 20,000 visitors per year. The Forest Service provides toilets and a water fountain at the trailhead.

Be sure to bring plenty of water for this hike. Although it is only 1.4 miles to the lookout the trail is very steep gaining 1,000' in elevation. Once you reach the lookout you may decide to continue hiking on Zinn Trail, which will make the round-trip distance 3.75 miles. Mountain Bikes and horses are permitted on this route but not encouraged. The high volume of foot traffic seen on this trail makes horses and mountain bikes difficult to maneuver.

Directions from Sedalia: Devils Head Lookout Trail can be reached by traveling approximately ten miles west of Sedalia on Highway 67 to the Rampart Range Road. Turn left (south) on the Rampart Range Road for approximately eight and one-half miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great hike when Denverites have out of town guests who want to enjoy a scenic hike that's moderate in distance and exertion. The drive through Rampart Range offers visitors great scenery with Ponderosa Pine and lots of Aspens. The trail is heavily used in summer, less in early spring and later in fall. The views from the fire lookout are spectacular. There is a nice picnic area at the top of the trail before you ascend the stairs to the fire lookout. The trail is easily accessible from either I25 or C470 through Sedalia.

Recreation Opportunities
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Nearby Services

nearest public telephone: various (private, for provit) Directions: entrance to the Rampart Range Road - 8.5 miles north on the Rampart Range Road.

nearest fire and emergency services: West Douglas Fire Station No. 1 (non-profit) Directions: Located five miles to the east of the intersection of Rampart Range Road and Highway 67 at west Douglas Fire Station No. 1.

Related Activities
Cabin Ridge Motorized Trail - Cabin Ridge Trail is 4 miles long one way and rated easy by the Forest Service. It is heavily used by hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and ATV riders.

Devil's Head Campground - The Devil's Head Campground consists of 21 individual family campsites, that include a table, fire ring and parking spur. The Devil's Head Trail attracts many visitors and leaves from the campground.

Devil's Head Picnic Ground - Devil's Head Picnic Ground provides 10 picnic units, which include tables, drinking water and toilets, at an elevation of 8,700'. The focus of recreational activity at Devils Head is hiking and motorcycling.


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