Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Devil's Head (Winter)

Devil's Head National Recreation Trail
Rampart Range Recreation Area, Pike National Forest

Date Hiked: May 12, 2013

Distance: 4 miles (RT)

Elevation Gain: 940 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 8,793 to 9,762ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 39.275580 N; 105.107669 W
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: None

U.S. Forest Service Website
Devil's Head NRT Winter Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  The Devil's Head trailhead is at the end of Rampart Range Road.  From Sedalia head west on Jarre Canyon Rd (67) for 10 miles.  Make a left on S. Rampart Range Road and travel 8.5 miles to the parking area and trailhead.  S. Rampart Range Rd is a dirt road but passable by most passenger cars.  In the winter the road is closed approx. 1 mile from the trailhead.  This adds a mile of hiking each way but the trail is so short (2.5 mi RT) that it doesn't make much difference.

The Devil's Head trail is extremely popular and for good reason.  The trail is short but steep and weaves through beautiful aspen forest (great for fall colors) and large rock formations.  Views of the Rampart Range's rock outcroppings are abundant.  The real joy of this hike however, is the fire lookout tower.  The tower was built over 100 years ago and has a view that simply must be experienced.  Once you arrive at the base of the stairs you may have to wait for folks to come down before you head up, but patience is a virtue here.  Climb the many metal steep stairs, don't look down, and prepare to be amazed.  There is often a volunteer on hand to answer historical questions.  Be sure to look south for an incredible view of Pike's Peak.

This has to be one of the top ten front range hikes and IS the best view this close to Denver.

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