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Announcing a new Meetup for Weekend Hikers...Plus!
What: Hike up to Devil's Head
When: Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:00 AM
Where: U.S. Forest Service
11177 W. Eighth Avenue Box 25127
Lakewood, CO 80215
Folks, the address at the top is of the Forest Service's office. It is NOT the park-n-ride or the trailhead.
A new park-n-ride. Folks for this hike we are using a park-n-ride we have not used before because we are doing a hike we have not done before.
Directions to the Englewood Station park-n-ride: Turn East off of S. Sante Fe onto W. Dartmouth Ave. Go about one block and turn South onto S. Inca St. The park-n-ride will be on your right. We will plan on leaving from this park-n-ride at 8:30. Would the first person to arrive put their pack on their hood so other hikers can find you. I WILL NOT BE AT THIS PARK-N-RIDE.
Directions to the trailhead: From C-470 and Santa Fe go south on Santa Fe (SR-85) to Sedalia. Exit onto Rt 67 (Jarre Canyon Road). Follow Rt 67 for 9.9 miles to Rampart Range Road (dirt road). Go left on Rampart Range Road for 9.6 miles. Pass motorcycle trails, look for signs indicating Devil’s Head National Rec Trail. We plan to start this hike as close to 10:00 as we can.
Trail Difficulty: Moderate. Gradual incline all the way up the trail. There is much to see along the trail. The staircase up to the fire tower is steep and not for the faint of heart. You will need to be cautious climbing these steps.
The trail begins by passing through several large Aspen stands that are quite beautiful; especially in autumn. The hike continues to wind its way up through Evergreen forest and around huge granite boulders. Through the breaks in the trees you will be able to catch several glimpses of the Eastern plains. The trail is well established and well maintained. It is a popular hike site and sees a lot of traffic.
The trail ends atop a massive granite outcrop where there is a fire tower lookout. It is the last operating lookout on the Front Range. It can be reached by climbing the stairway up the last 200 ft. from the trail. From the tower you will have a full 360 degree view of the Rockies and the eastern plains. Absolutely breathtaking!!
The station is manned during the summer months.
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