librarian + adventurer


Devil's Head Fire Lookout

28 April

Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Trailhead: Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Distance: 2.8 miles (moderate)

Another weekend, another sunrise adventure. Originally I wanted to go to the desert this weekend. But a combination of draft weekend, Avengers being released, and sketchy brakes meant that I postponed that trip and instead joined Mountain Chicks on a sunrise hike! After my sunrise hike a couple of weeks ago, I have been dreaming about getting back into the mountains in the early morning. Mountain Chicks gracefully provided me that opportunity and I was excited about it, despite the painful process of waking up at 2:15 am (especially because I was anxious enough that I woke up before 2...). 


I met up with Claire and Rachel to begin the drive. Somehow, I ended up with the title of "navigator" (that was largely due to the fact that I was sitting shot gun and Rachel was trying to read her directions off a piece of paper in the pitch black...) and was a little nervous when the road turned to dirt and got incredibly steep. We made it in one piece and I immediately recognized Renee in the parking lot from my last hike with Mountain Chicks. 

There were a total of 6 of us at the trailhead (which meant Rachel won the bet we had placed on the ride over), and we got going right around 4:45. The trail is so short - just over a mile each way - but it packs a wallup with about 900 feet of elevation gain in that mile, and a set of stairs to climb at the top! Thankfully, the trail offered great views of the horizon every now and again and I could stop to pictures of the early morning glow and take a breather. When we made it to the stairs, it became a mental game. It's hard to explain how they're both sketchy and not sketchy, high up but close to the rocks. My legs started to get wobbly on the second to last flight, and Rachel was powering through her fear of heights to reach the top. 


When we made it, we all camped out on the rocks next to the lookout. There weren't many people up there (and a couple of them headed back down before the sun was even up!), so we laughed and joked and Mikaela howled with her pup. 


Eventually we had to head back down. While it took us almost an hour to get to the top, it took just about 30 minutes to get back down. We were in the car at 6:56 am (which still kind of blows my mind - that I had already been up for 5 hours and completed a hike before 7 am...). All in all, it was a beautiful start to a perfect Colorado spring day! Plus, I was able to FaceTime my little sister before her Senior Prom and get marathon updates while by brother ran!