Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Devil's Head

Today, I'm trying something a little different. I've been restricting myself to showing, at most, a single picture a day. Today, I’ll post a little series.

On Saturday I went to Roxborough State Park to catch a sunrise shot. I got a few, and by 7:00AM I was done. Instead of driving home via the Interstate, I took the Rampart Range road – a 60-mile gravel road from the town of Sedalia to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Along the way, I stopped at the Devil’s Head trail. The trail is about 1.4 miles climbing up about 950ft to the historic Devil’s Head Lookout Tower. It was built in 1921 and is the last remaining of 11 original Front Range lookout towers.
Once you reach the cabin where the ranger stays, you can climb up the 143 steps to get the lookout. The tower is a small glass-enclosed building with lots of lightning protection. I’d love to ride out a storm up there – what a sight that would be!

From the top, you have a great 360 degree view. According to the USDA National Forest site, one can see mountain peaks over 100 miles on a clear day.

If you're ever in the area, it’s a great hike with an interesting destination. But, bring water!

I’ll share some of the other photos in a future post.

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Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shots as always! And as always, they bring back lovely memories of visits to Colorado!
Have a great week!

Island Rambles Blog said...

I enjoyed the entire series there...wow 143 steps to get there though...hope to see more of the shots in the future...cheers.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

A series, what a treat for us! Man, I'm afraid of heights, the one shot gave me the hibbie jibbies. (Hope I spelled that right, lol)

Arija said...

This is a much more enjoyable post for My World than a single photo. It gives a much better idea of at least a small part of what is important in your life.

Gaelyn said...

Love the view from lookout towers. This is a bigger version than I've been in before. Great captures.

Sometimes you can rent buildings out of season on FS land.

amanda said...

Those are some pretty damn amazing shots Russ, great my world post!

T and S said...

Beautiful series Russ, the last one of the lookout post is just amazing. The view from here should be awesome right ?

kaye said...

It would be an adventure (riding out the storm) nice sequence post