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Devil's Head Fire Lookout

A "must do" hike to the area's only working fire lookout
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Devils head is a distinct granite rock outcropping in the front range west of Castle Rock. The outcropping is clearly visible from... more »


  • The tower is the highest object around for miles, so it is a magnet for lightning. If there is any indication of storms you should plan your visit for a different day.

  • There is good camping in the area, and Rampart Range road is a fun drive.

  • Pack a lunch. Near the top there is a nice meadow and some boulders where you can picnic.

  • The audio in this guide contains lots of interesting background on the area. Make sure you bring some headphones so you can listen in.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Getting There. From Sedalia go south 9.9 miles. Look for a large sign on the left for Rampart Range Road. Take Rampart Range Road 9 miles to Devils Head Campground. Rampart Range road is a dirt road that is passable by 2wd car in the summer. Care should be taken as the road does experience wash boarding.

The trail head does have a restroom... More

2. Zinn Trail

About 3 switchbacks before the end of the trail you will hit the intersection with Zinn trail. This trail heads off down and to your left. It takes you 3/4 of a mile to a lookout below devils head fire station. The trail is somewhat overgrown and has some dead-fall across it which can make it hard to follow.

You can catch some views of the... More

3. Cabin / Bottom of Staircase

At the top of the trail you will break through the rocks and into a small meadow containing a cabin and the bottom of the staircase to the lookout. This is a good place to take a break before climbing the steep 143 stairs to the lookout.

The lookout ranger lives in this cabin. A backpack is used to bring his supplies up from the road.

There... More

4. Devils Head Lookout

Once at the top of the trail your work is not yet finished. You now need to climb 143 steep stairs to the lookout. You may have to wait your turn as the number of people allowed at the lookout is limited to 10 at a time.

Be sure and take time to look around inside the lookout there is lots of interesting things to see here.

The views from ... More