Devil's Head Trailhead #611


Overview map for Rampart Range area

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A view of the end of the Devil's Head Trailhead. Photo took from the lookout tower above the trail.

The Devil's Head Lookout Trail begins in the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground and ends at Devil’s Head Lookout, the last of the seven original Front Range Lookout towers still in service. The 1.4 mile long trail takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes on a one way hike, with an elevation gain of 940 feet. Once there, there are 143 steps to get to the actual fire lookout. The lookout is at 9,748 feet elevation. This trail receives heavy use from nearly 20,000 visitors per year.

Volunteers from Historicorp and Passport-In-Time will join skilled instructors from Colorado Preservation, Inc. to restore the deteriorated historic lookout cabin located on Devil’s Head Mountain of the Pike National Forest.  The Lookout is 101 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The popular Devil’s Head Lookout Tower will be temporarily closed to visitors August 13 - September 6, 2013 due to construction work.  Visitors will be able to hike Devils Head Lookout Trail and the stairs leading to the Tower. However, temporary closures may be necessary for safety reasons while materials are transported in and out of the work site.  In addition, the lookout cabin may be open to the public August 31 - September 2 during the Labor Day Holiday. 

This partnership between Historicorps and the US Forest Service aims to preserve this nationally significant historic site for another century.  This project was funded, in part, by a Colorado State Historical Fund Grant from History Colorado and the Colorado Historical Society.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Winter closure: Rampart Range Road is closed December 1 of the year and remains closed throughout the winter. Rampart Range Road opens when conditions are favorable for summer recreation. A target date is April 1, but weather conditions may delay until late April-early May. Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.  
Open Season: Mid-May to mid-September
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this trail:
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • Pack it in; pack it out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Stay on designated trail. Do not cut switchbacks.
Closest Towns: Sedalia
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Devil's Head
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


Devil's 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.



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  Area/Length : 
1.4 Miles

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  Elevation : 
8,800 Feet - 9,748 Feet