August 12, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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 do decide you would like to campout for a night or two. The cost is 15 bucks PER SITE, PER NIGHT 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