Devil’s Head National Recreation Trail
DifficultyModerate. Elevation gain 940 ft.
Trail Length3 miles round trip.
Devil’s Head Trail begins by passing through several large Aspen stands that are quite beautiful; especially in autumn. The hike continues to wind its way up through Evergreen forest and around huge granite boulders. Through the breaks in the trees you will be able to catch several glimpses of the Eastern plains. The trail is well established and well maintained. It is a popular hike site and sees a lot of traffic.
The trail ends atop a massive granite outcrop where Devil’s Head Fire Tower Lookout is located. It is the last operating fire lookout on the Front Range. The staircase up to the fire tower is steep and not for the faint of heart. You will need to be cautious climbing these 143 steps. From the tower you will have a full 360 degree view of the Rockies and the eastern plains. Absolutely breathtaking!!
The station is manned during the summer months by a National Forest Service Ranger. Kids really enjoy climbing the tower and seeing the ranger at work in his/her post. It is one office that literally sits on top of the world. The trail is open year round, and the tower is accessible during the off-season as well. Devil’s Head Trail and campground (at the trailhead) are very busy during the summer. It is good to arrive early to avoid crowds and the frequent afternoon storms Colorado produces.
Restrooms are available at parking lot/trailhead AND at the base of the fire tower. Picnic spot recommendation:The ideal picnic site for this hike is at the end of the trail (on top of the mountain) at the base of the stairway that leads to the fire tower. There is a picnic table and a pleasant grassy area with huge pine trees – ideal for resting or even a good game of Frisbee.
DirectionsClick Map below for directions. From Littleton take U.S. Highway 85 to Sedalia. Turn right (west) on Highway 67. Go 10 miles to Rampart Range Rd. Turn left (south) onto Rampart Range Road and drive 10 miles. Follow the signs indicating Devil's Head National Rec Trail and Devil's Head Campground.
AttractionsDevil's Head Campground is located at the base of the trailhead. In Sedalia (Hwy 85 and Rt 67) there is a Mexican eatery that offers good, authentic tamales. Tasty after a long hike to devil's head tower.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up hiking in Colorado, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for. Check out my Google+ page