Devil's Head Trail #611

 

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Overview map for Rampart Range area

  

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

The Devil's Head Trail (#611) begins at the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground and ends at Devil’s Head Lookout Tower, the last of the seven original Front Range Fire Lookout towers still in service. The 1.4 mile long trail takes approximately 45-90 minutes on a one way hike to the base of the tower and has an elevation gain of 865' from the trailhead. The lookout is at 9,748' elevation. This trail receives heavy use, please practice Leave No Trace.

  • Devil’s Head Fire Lookout, the last of the seven original Front Range Fire Lookout towers still in continuous use, is over 100 years old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The lookout tower may be open to public visitation when staffed.  The tower is typically staffed mid-May through mid-September. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Winter closure information: Rampart Range road is closed annually by December 1 and remains closed throughout the winter. The road reopens when conditions are favorable for summer recreation. A target date is April 1, but weather conditions may delay opening until late-May.
Open Season: April/May - November/December
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

Directions:

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.


Activities


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