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Devil's Head Lookout

Intermediate
 4.7 (45) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A shaded trail to the only remaining fire lookout on the Front Range, offering 360-degree views.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Out and Back

9,677' 2,950 m

High

8,832' 2,692 m

Low

887' 270 m

Up

885' 270 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Rampart Range Rd. is usually closed from December to the beginning of April.

Overview

The trail leads to Devil's Head Lookout, the last of seven original Front Range fire lookout towers that is still in service. This is a popular hike for kids and families. There is a beautiful meadow just below the steps leading to a lookout that is perfect for a picnic. The trail is shaded most of the way, providing relief from the intense sun in the summer.

Need to Know

Parking is a problem in the summer as this is a very popular trail.

Description

The Devil's Head Trail #611 begins near the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground. The 1.4-mile long trail climbs steadily through the woods and along a small creek, with an elevation gain of 940 feet. Once you reach the end of the trail, there are 143 steep steps to get to the actual fire lookout. The stairs are steep, and while there are railings the entire way up, hikers with a fear of heights might prefer to enjoy the views from the ground.

The lookout is located at 9,748 feet elevation with outstanding views of the surrounding Front Range. The fire tower is usually staffed from mid-May through mid-September. Once you are done appreciated the 360-degree views, head back down the way you came.

History & Background

Devil's Head Lookout, the last of the seven original Front Range Lookout towers still in continuous use, turns 103 years old this year (2015) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Langenkamp

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 45 votes

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Photos

Meadow below the Lookout
Apr 28, 2015 near Perry Park, CO
The stairs to the fire tower offer excellent views.
Oct 2, 2017 near Perry Park, CO
Great view from the trail
Apr 28, 2015 near Perry Park, CO
Past the halfway point looking west, next to the "Let's Be Still" painted trail placard.
Jul 22, 2018 near Perry Park, CO
Still shuttered from the winter
Apr 28, 2015 near Perry Park, CO
Winter wonderland
Apr 28, 2015 near Perry Park, CO

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Aug 17, 2019
Ben Nitkin
Aug 8, 2019
Mike G
Aug 6, 2019
Jeff Sprick
Good trail. 2.7mi
Aug 2, 2019
Wes Mitchell
Jul 26, 2019
Rick Rettinhouse
Jul 13, 2019
3Bird Fang
Jun 29, 2019
Brian K
Jun 18, 2019
Matt Culpepper
Through the mist and clouds to Amazing. 2.8mi — 3h 00m