Not far past the trailhead, we zigged, zagged, and zigged around three switchbacks and then we reached the Zinn Trail junction. The Zinn Trail angles down and to your left, and provides a picturesque view of the fire lookout. It was worth getting sidetracked for.
After scrambling around on some big rocks a while, Profit and I headed back toward the tower. Tall trees provided ample shade, which I loved. A Devil’s Head Lookout excursion can be divided into three parts: hiking, rock climbing, and tower. Once you get to the tower, the shade thins out, and you can start your climb up the looooooong staircase. If it’s a busy weekend day, you may have to wait for people to descend, because only ten people are allowed on the tower at once.
From Sedalia, take Hwy 67 west almost ten miles. Turn left on Rampart Range Road and drive 8.5 miles to the trailhead.
Yes, your dog is supposed to be kept on a leash.