PIKE NATIONAL FOREST: DEVIL'S HEAD FIRE LOOKOUT AND BBQ

Directions to the trailhead: From the Denver area take HWY-85 (Santa Fe) south bound all the way to Sadelia. You could take CO-470 east bound to HWY-85. Once you get to Sadelia make sure you have gas, groceries and other items you may need. Take CO-67 and head west for 10 miles to Rampart Range Rd and take a left and travel on a well maintained road for a bit over 9 miles. You'll come to a parking lot and the trailhead.
The parking lot and trailhead is very easy to find as you'll drive right into it if you stay on Rampart Range Rd.

One summer day in 1893 Katherine Lee Bates an English teacher for Colorado College decided to take a ride in a prairie wagon with some other teachers to the summit of 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. Near the top they had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. Ms. Bates would later recall, “I was very tired but when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed to be displayed there with a sea-like expanse.” She hastily jotted down in her notebook of what she was experiencing. She wrote how she was seeing: The purple mountain majesties, the spacious skies, amber waves of grain.

In less than a few moments she had written the poem which would describe America and the beauty she absorbed within her spirit...America the Beautiful.

Now I won’t be taking you to the summit of Pikes Peak but up to one of the most spectacular views of what Ms. Bates would have seen without having to hike a mountain.

WARNING: DO NOT CLIMB THE STAIRCASE DURING A LIGHTENING STORM.
This is a 3 mile, out and back trail with a difficulty rating of: Moderate. The trail is shaded by evergreen and aspen forest. Facilities consist of: Picnic tables, water spigot, restrooms and campgrounds which are based on first come first claimed. I guarantee you I’ll have one ready!!!
The campgrounds are located in the Pike National Forest of the Rampart Range. if you decide you would like to campout for a night or two. The cost is 15 bucks PER SITE and not by person, meaning you could put as many as 3-4 tents per site.
If you arrive late which we all do at times there is a good chance you’ll catch up with us. This is a photographer’s masterpiece and if we’re up there at the right time you’ll see why the mountain men would call the sunset “The Water Colors of God. “ I believe it’s the most romantic trail with nature there is.


From the parking lot, you’ll pass the benches and a concrete patio, and climb concrete stairs that mark the beginning of the hike. Pine and aspen trees and plenty of places to sit and relax line the trail. Dense trails along the trail create an enchanting effect. You’ll be passing by many benches, switchbacks and a sturdy foot bridge. People do live where we’re headed and the only way for them to get groceries and other supplies is by mule, meaning road apples, so watch your step.
When we get to the summit we’ll arrive at a clearing where rangers work and live but always willing to help others learn about what fire lookout watchers do. Only a few at a time are allowed to climb the 143 steps up to the tower and where the rangers are. The lookout tower, which is named on the National Register of Historic Places, perches at 9,750 feet. The massive granite rock cropping cannot be seen from the tower because the tower actually sits on top of the outcrop, at the highest point of Devil’s Head Mountain.

The Panorama includes: Denver, Castle Rock. Sedalia and 11 of Colorado’s fourteeners.
I’ll check more into fire warnings and regulations up in Pike National Forest. I would like to have something like a cookout after the hike.
Have a great day
Don

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  • Linda

    Absolutely breathtaking views, and perfect weather!

    August 19, 2013

  • DIANE E.

    So surpassed my expectations!

    August 18, 2013

  • Steven

    Real slow going on Rampart Range Rd!

    August 18, 2013

  • Steven

    Karen and I are running 15 minutes late...directions weren't that clear....would appreciate it if u could wait!

    August 18, 2013

    • Debbie

      Steven, tell us if you really are a "Member of 102 other Meetups" !

      August 18, 2013

  • char

    so sorry to miss this..i overbooked and cant make it back in time!

    August 18, 2013

  • Bonnie

    I've done so many hikes lately, that a Sunday afternoon at home is looking more appealing than hiking right now. You all have fun!

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just took a closer look at the directions and realized that I would spend more time driving than playing and could never get there in time. I am so disappointed.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Directions to the trailhead: From the Denver area take HWY-85 (Santa Fe) south bound all the way to Sadelia. You could take CO-470 east bound to HWY-85. Once you get to Sadelia make sure you have gas, groceries and other items you may need. Take CO-67 and head west for 10 miles to Rampart Range Rd and take a left and travel on a well maintained road for a bit over 9 miles. You'll come to a parking lot and the trailhead. The parking lot and trailhead for the hike is very easy to find as you'll drive right into it if you stay on Rampart Range Rd.

    We'll be MEETING IN THE PARKING LOT. The trailhead for the hike as well as the picnic area is less than 30 yards from the parking lot. It's all bundled up at the PARKING LOT.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anyone like to drive together from central Denver? :)
    And yes, where are we meeting?

    August 18, 2013

  • DIANE E.

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I live in west Littleton, willing to drive or help with gas.
    I am working today so will be slow for me to respond. Thanks have a wonderful day!

    August 17, 2013

  • Pam

    Soccer mom duties are keeping me busy this weekend. Have fun!!

    August 17, 2013

  • Duane

    where are people going to meet at for this?

    August 15, 2013

  • Debbie

    About the above warning: STAIRCASE CAN BE also DANGEROUS DURING A lightning STORM.

    August 15, 2013

  • Renee G

    I double booked myself

    August 14, 2013

  • Darlene

    Im sorry I cant attend the hike, my PT is worried Im doing too much and my back is healed enough yet:+(

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Directions to the trailhead: From the Denver area take HWY-85 (Santa Fe) south bound all the way to Sadelia. You could take CO-470 east bound to HWY-85. Once you get to Sadelia make sure you have gas, groceries and other items you may need. Take CO-67 and head west for 10 miles to Rampart Range Rd and take a left and travel on a well maintained road for a bit over 9 miles. You'll come to a parking lot and the trailhead.
    The parking lot and trailhead is very easy to find as you'll drive right into it if you stay on Rampart Range Rd

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eating Arrangements are no different than what Ken and Petia would arrange.
    There are no grills to cook on at the picnic sites but there are fire rings at each site. If you want to cook anything bring any cooking apparatus you're able to bring or if you want to cook something over the campfire grate you'll need to bring some wood.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone!!! A bunch of us went up to Devil's Head last night (Monday 8-12-2013.) We hiked the trail and then had a BBQ with no campfire :o(. The picnic areas are right over the embankment of the parking lot. Please bring a bundle of firewood if you want a campfire.
    THERE IS NO CLOSURE OF ANYTHING!!!
    The

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Is this what we're talking about?

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=12927&actid=51

    Will the temporary closure there affect this event?

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Elan

    Make sure you know the road #'s you are supposed to follow. This is my favorite hike, but the parking lot is a little difficult to find. ATV land all around, but the hike is quiet. It is uphill, but a beginner can do it. I carried Paris all the way up on my shoulders when he was little, but I was use to 8500 ft elevation oxygen level in those days.

    Sorry I can't do this one because 1st day of school with kids is Monday. Yes, we are both members of the Squirrel!

    August 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Dinah and I plan to be there. Sorry we missed the Perseid Meteor Shower event. Mt. Bierstadt kicked our butt earlier that day!

    August 12, 2013

  • Darlene

    looks beautiful, let us know what to bring and how best to prepare:+)

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the time from 6:30 PM to 3:00 PM

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be visiting my family. This is a great group and would love to join you! I really miss the mountains!

    August 4, 2013

  • Linda

    Would any one like to car pool? Please contact me 720.231.6260. My Jetta is small, I am willing to help with gas if you drive

    July 24, 2013

  • Linda

    This sounds wonderful, can't wait!

    July 24, 2013

  • Susan T.

    Sorry, I am working that night.

    July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      :o(

      July 23, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    July 23, 2013

  • Darlene

    once I know the date then I will know for sure if I can attend but sounds like fun!

    July 23, 2013

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