Close to Denver, the Devil's Head Trail to the fire tower lookout provides an easy escape from the pressures of city life, some exercise on an easy hiking trail and fantastic views of the mountains from the walkway around the top of the fire tower. Devil's Head is also a great place for a picnic and a nature hike with the kids.
To get to the trail head, take highway 85 north from Castle Rock or south on Santa Fe from Denver to Sedalia. Turn south on highway 67 at Sedalia and drive into the Pike National Forest. Turn south onto Rampart Range Road and drive on the rough dirt road into the mountains. Park in the parking lot adjacent to the Devil's Head Campground and walk to the trail head.
The three mile round trip trail is considered easy with fairly gentle inclines from the parking lot to the fire tower. The trail is flat and wide and very safe, even for children. The dense forest occasionally opens up to beautiful rocky formations and fantastic views of the Pike National Forest to the west. To view Pikes Peak, the 143 steps to the top of the fire tower will have to be surmounted. The 360 degree view from the top of the fire tower is well worth the climb and rewards intrepid climbers with an unparalleled panoramic view of majestic Pikes Peak.
Mornings and early afternoons are hot and dry in the summer and afternoon showers are frequent, so be sure to bring water bottles and rain gear.