The Crags Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, CO 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.
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.
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.
Beautiful, not difficult trail! I'm visiting from out of state and this was my first hike at this altitude, and while i had to take a couple of short breaks, it was fine! Initial somewhat steep climb levels out almost entirely for miles through beautiful forests and fields with awesome views. Final push is a little steep but certainly pays off! Great views of many mountains, far off or closeby. Go in fall for the Aspens!!!
Love this trail. An amazing day ! A little steep at first but so very worth it! I do wish there was better signs from the highway people are flying through there and it's hard to see the turn off
great shorter hike to get a fantastic view at the end! I will definitely be back to do this one or the longer root.
make sure your don't miss the turn on to the dirt road. last 3 miles are a bit bouncy on your drive.
one of better trails very close to colo sprgs. this trail is great for about anyone kids to seniors. at the end of the trail your able to see 3 lakes and beautiful mountain ranges. there is camping area down the road.
Awesome first hike!
Great hike, took me just over an hour on the way up while taking photos. 30 minutes at the top and then an hour back down. Wasn't too busy, steeper at first but then it levels out. I'll be back when the aspen trees start to turn.
Great trail, worth the views. Lots of chipmunks and small birds.
Good trail. Our time reflects a lot of stops for pictures and a picnic lunch on top.
Smooth trail, well maintained with awesome views of wild flowers, boulder fields, and surrounding mountains. A lot of flats to go with the few inclines.
Great trail, well-marked, and awesome views at the top!
Loved it. Great views and not extremely tiring
Beautiful hike with open meadows, awesome rock formations and an amazing, almost 360 view at the top. Great, simple hike.