“A shaded trail to the only remaining fire lookout on the Front Range offering 360 views.
— Mike Langenkamp
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail leads to Devils Head Lookout, the last of seven original Front Range fire lookout towers that is still in service. This is a popular run for kids and families. There is a beautiful meadow just below the steps leading to a lookout that is perfect for a picnic. The trail is shaded most of the way, providing relief from the intense sun in the summer.
Rampart Range Rd. is usually closed from December to the beginning of April.
Need to Know
Parking is a problem in the summer as this is a very popular trail
The Devil's Head Trail begins near the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground. The 1.4 mile long trail takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes on a one-way run, with an elevation gain of 940 feet. Once there, there are 143 steep steps to get to the actual fire lookout. The lookout is at 9,748 feet elevation with outstanding views of the surrounding Front Range.
History & Background
Devils Head Lookout, the last of the seven original Front Range Lookout towers still in continuous use, turns 103 years old this year (2015) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.