Location: Sedalia, CO
Distance from Denver: 70mi (~1 hr 30min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~4mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Medium ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Small lot right near the trailhead ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Hi friends! Are you ready for the most quintessential Colorado trail? We are talking about the one and only Devil’s Head Fire Lookout hike ♡
Dog Friendly Trail: The first part of the trail until the staircase leading to the top of the fire tower is dog friendly. We did see one lab climb up to the top, but most pet owners didn’t bring their dogs to the top.
Parking: Try to get to the trailhead as early as you can! The closest parking lot is small, but you can also find spots in the overflow parking lot (add ~1mi RT to the hike) as well as spots tucked into the side of the road (please obey the no parking signs and do not block the narrow car path).
Facilities: There is an outhouse right at the start of the trailhead, as well as before the staircase to the top of the Fire Tower.
What We Brought: plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and hiking poles.
Nearby Hikes in the South Denver region: Bluffs Regional Park | Mt Herman | Spruce Mountain Top Loop | Waterton Canyon | Deer Creek Canyon (Meadowlark Trail to Plymouth Creek Trail Loop) | South Valley Park: Coyote Song Trail to Swallow Trail Loop | Castle Rock Trail
This gorgeous trail in Pike National Forest starts out similar to Gem Lake in RMNP - they both reminded us of stair masters! The trail is pretty easy to follow and well maintained. The incline makes this a challenge, as well as the fact that there are two distinct portions to the hike. For the first part, we hiked through a well maintained trail that was part in the sun and part in the shade. After the first initial climb, the vistas open up on either side of the trail - and honestly, the views took our breath away! The layers of each mountain range were incredible and made us feel so lucky to be able to experience this together!
For the second part of the trail, we had to finally climb the fire tower! Honestly, it wasn’t what our legs needed after the incline, but it is well worth the trek. The views are absolutely unparalleled: complete 360 degree views of the entire surrounding valley!! We really enjoyed speaking with the ranger at the Fire Tower and highly recommend that you stop by for a chat, as well. He taught us how to look through the fire compass they use and identify where a lightening strike hits.
We hope you enjoy this hike as much as we did! ♡