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 best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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.
This is a busy trail and I have never been the only one on it, no matter when I went. The end of the trail does reward you with some great views and interesting rock formations, though. Don't get too close to the edge, the wind gusts are quite strong and unpredictable.
Great picture spots, creeks. Nice easy hike up and back to trail head.
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.
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.
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!
So much wildlife! The rock formations and views are breathtaking