The Crags Trail

MODERATE 148 reviews
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The Crags Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles 869 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes. Not too far away the same kind or rock erodes vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth. A few miles south of Divide CO, this kind of rock formation is called "The Crags." The hike out to the granite dome (another kind of erosive pattern in this neck of the woods) from which you can view these stunning features is only two miles long. The trail is well marked (#664) and well travelled. In fact, this trek is so popular with area residents that the Forest Service just finished building a new trailhead parking area. Along the trail you'll pass through forests of enormous quaking aspen, and you'll trace the track of the beginnings of Four Mile Creek. At the end of the trail, you'll surmount a wind swept dome from which you can gaze at the Rampart Range, Ute Pass, and the whole of the Catamount Creeks drainage, including the blue reservoirs that capture and control their release. This is the perfect hike for newcomers to the Colorado Springs area, not too long and not too much altitude. You can make the four miles out and back in less than two hours, but only if you don't succumb to the temptation to remain on the top of the mountain gawking and the scenery and marveling at the brazen Whisky Jack Jays that populate the wind twisted Bristle Cone Pines.

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A beautiful snowy hike. Doable in hiking boots or snowshoes. The views from the top were amazing. On this particular day there were high wind warnings so it was pretty windy at the top. A great hike.

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3 months ago

very nice hike with great views... we missed the foliage but must be spectacular (and crowded) early in the season. you can run on most of this trail... and also a very nice hike for a wide range of abilities. our roundtrip clocked in at a bit over 5 miles.our dachschund was able to negotiate all but the final few meters of the hike. check out the pictures for the views from the top.

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Beautiful views at the top, not too difficult other than a few steep inclines. Lots of variety, wooded trails, open meadows & rock formations. Overall a great hike!

3 months ago

So much wildlife! The rock formations and views are breathtaking

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3 months ago

ASPENS!!! If you are looking for aspens, go to this trail now!! Plenty of lemon-lime, golden, and even pink aspens scattered all around this trail, reaching their peak right now.

I arrived at 9:30 AM on a Thursday, and had no issue finding a parking space. Didn't see anyone on the trail for probably an hour, and as the day went on, more people arrived. Amazing views and scenery, and a little bit of everything for terrain: streams, plains, rocks, and trees. The views on this trail took my breath away. I came out for the sole purpose of seeing the aspens turn, and I couldn't have picked a better time and place. Although there are many aspens, I didn't necessarily see a any super dense groves of them, like we tend to see in photos--where it's nothing but trunks and yellow leaves. However, the views on this trail made me forget all about that! There are TONS of clusters of aspens, I couldn't get enough of them. Great challenging hike but short enough for a beginner like myself.

While you're there, keep heading south on route 67 towards Cripple Creek, about 10 mins down the road. SPECTACULAR views right now.

3 months ago