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2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 570' 174 m
Descent: -569' -173 m
High: 11,465' 3,495 m
Low: 10,895' 3,321 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Trail shared by Rick Blair

A classic, easy-to-moderate road to an old fire tower above treeline, peak can be seen from Denver.

Rick Blair

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is an easy and short outing. The fire tower at top is fun for kids, and there are great views and big sense of accomplishment of at the summit.


Beginning at the first major switchback, this hike is a great route that combines easy to navigate (though strenuous) terrain with a manageable distance to create an excellent outing with big time rewards at the end.


This route will lead you up a fire road, which starts near the Forest Service outdoor shooting range. Due to the proximity of the range, you'll likely hear shots fired at the beginning of this outing.

Follow the road up to the antennas and fire tower. Though you'll be navigating a road, this journey can still pack a punch. The grades are moderate and consistent from the parking area to the summit. There are amazing views of the Mt Evans area and the Indian peaks once you've reached the top.

For the second year (as of 2016) the Forest Service appears to be renting the fire tower for overnight stays, if you'd like to extend your stay.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers are abundant at various times, and mushrooms can be found in the fall. This can be Nordic skied and snowshoed in the winter.


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Nov 10, 2018
Ryan Berger
Sep 23, 2018
Matt Culpepper
Negative marks for being a Forest Rd, positive marks for a fire lookout. 2.5mi
Sep 7, 2018
Maggie Hoomanawanui
Aug 30, 2018
Carolyn Jungels
Aug 3, 2018
Maddy S
Jul 29, 2018
Colton Lock
Easy hike up & down the fire road. GREAT views. Very family friendly for younger kids. 2.1mi — 1h 10m
Jul 20, 2018
Brian Rempel
Hike with Jen and Grace 2.2mi
Jun 2, 2018
Ann Becker-Schutte
Our first hike above 11,000 feet! Beautiful, except for the range noise.

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Wendy Glitterhippie
Boulder, CO
Wendy Glitterhippie   Boulder, CO
This Fire Lookouts is now a private campsite rentable through the US Forest Service. The people in them are not FS employees. They are paying guests. We should all try to respect the privacy of these campsites so that the guests can get the most out of the experience and if the guests enjoy it, it will be a profitable venture for the Forest Service that has just taken a hefty budget cut. Let's try to be respectful by not expecting to tour a camper's private space. If we want to tour the tower, we should rent it, and in doing so, we will help to preserve this really cool history. Thanks! Jul 17, 2018

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