Friday, June 2, 2017

Devils Head Lookout- Pike National Forest

This was a lonely drive out to the Trailhead. I would recommend carpooling by meeting in the town of Sedalia. The road the last 35 minutes is washboard and slow. There are lots of camping sites and other trailheads that dirt bikes use. There is a restroom an picnic table here at the trailhead. The trail is 2.8 miles round trip with elevation gain of 940'.


This is one of the few remaining fire lookout left in Colorado. A 79 year old ranger still oversees the tower in the summer months. Here is an article from the Denver Post:
 http://www.denverpost.com/2011/07/10/still-useful-fire-lookout-tower-once-cutting-edge/
The trail begins with junipers and super tall Aspen trees as you climb the moderate trail.
I found it helpful to bring a hiking pole for the way up.

Once you make it to the tower- its 143 steps to the top.

The 360 views of mountains upon mountains are beautiful and reward for the climb.

Pikes Peak was still covered in snow at the beginning of June.


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