Colorado Hiking, Nature March 14, 2023
by Annie Climb 143 Steps To The Top Of The Devil’s Head Fire Tower In Colorado And You Can See For Hundreds Of Miles
Back in the day, fire lookouts were a big thing, with tall buildings high in the mountains being staffed with a forest ranger who would watch for smoke or any other potential natural disaster. Today, this kind of structure is hard to come by, which makes the historical Devil’s Head Fire Tower and its short and sweet hike even more unique:
Hiding out along the Front Range near Sedalia, the Devil's Head Fire Tower is a 50-year-old+ building that, while no longer in use, is a unique sight to behold!
Initially built in 1919 (and later remodeled in 1951), the Devil's Head Fire Tower sits at the highest point of Rampart Range and is one of the last of its kind along the Front Range.
Deemed easy to moderate, the trail to the Devil's Head Fire Tower is a breezy 2.8 miles round-trip, plus the 143 steps it takes to climb to the top of the lookout.
Thanks to its elevation at 9,748 feet, hikers can see for hundreds of miles on a clear day, making for absolutely pristine 360-degree views of the surrounding forests.
The Devil's Head Fire Tower and its trail are open from May through November.
To learn more about the Devil's Head Fire Tower - including current conditions -
please visit the U.S. Forest Service's website.
From Sedalia, the Devil's Head Fire Tower and trail can be accessed by taking Highway 67 for 10 miles, turning left (south) when you come to Rampart Range Road, and following it another 8 1/2 miles to the Trailhead.
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Address: Devil's Head Lookout, S Rampart Range Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135, USA