Crag Crest Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews

Crag Crest Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cedaredge, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

Directions from Cedaredge: Travel eighteen miles north on Highway 65 to Crag Crest National Recreation Trail parking area.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome Views! A must do hike if you’re passing through the area. Did the out and back since the lower trail was closed. Views get better and better the further you go down on the ridge.

huge payoff. satisfying hike. stunning.

hiking
11 days ago

The loop is closed. You can hike the upper loop 6.5 miles for a total of 13 miles. Great hike!

25 days ago

Awesome run

1 month ago

beautiful trail. long, but not terribly difficult. I've hiked it several times, including the full loop. It's a popular hike, maybe the most popular on the Mesa. Got caught in a thunderstorm once up top, which wasn't entirely pleasant. Check the weather before you go! If you can, go in the fall - the aspens are lovely.

1 month ago

quite fab

hiking
1 month ago

So stunning. What a treat. The bugs are only a problem if you slow down!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the wildflowers and lakes. I’d rate it as moderate. The bugs weren’t too bad today.

1 month ago

Beautiful views!!! Should bring mosquito repellent.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. The lower rim is closed through the end of the year, so no loop option. However, just over 3 miles will get you to the beginning of the Crest, and it's amazing. You can continue along the Crest for an additional 3 miles before the path is closed. The mosquitoes are extremely heavy. Bring bug spray.

2 months ago

Lower crag crest trail is closed but hiked to the top area, very beautiful!

2 months ago

lower route was closed. love the view

3 months ago

Well-maintained trail. Heavily used but OK. Awesome views.

hiking
3 months ago

The hick was awesome. Be warned: when you come to lower part of the loop there is a logger road that cut through the trail. Finding the trail again is a bit tricky. We missed it and it added 4 miles to our hick. My kids was not impressed :/ come to find out that the trail picks up just before the bridge. It’s the only one there so if you cross it you’ve missed it. Other then the poor trail markers this hick was great. Definitely one of my favs.

3 months ago

very nice hike, met a mid 80's lady hiking with her dog on the upper east crest edge. Very Motivational!
great views, a little windy on the crest.
11 miles maxed out my fitness level.

3 months ago

Great trail! All clear of snow. Lower loop closed due to logging so recommend doing it as out and back on the upper loop. Amazing views

3 months ago

Lots of bug and not much wildlife unless you count the young man with his female companion and the dog that appeared to be a part Bulldog and Border Collie

7 months ago

Hiked up on snowshoes 2/17/18. Went as far as the Narrows and came back down. Had to break a trail through about 12 to 14 inches of new snow. Winter views from the Narrows are spectacular!

8 months ago

Great views. Be aware of your altitude before you start your adventure.

hiking
11 months ago

This hike was amazing. It will be in my list again for next year.

11 months ago

Great hike in the snow, which fell on September 24, 2017. The trail has multiple lookout points and the views of the all the mountain ranges and valleys in the area. Once to the ridge the views are spectacular.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With the changing colors the hike was simply beautiful! Really enjoyed crest!

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Amazing trail. From the West trailhead, it's not a difficult climb, but has spots good enough to get the heart rate going. Well maintained trail and enough other hikers that I didn't feel unsafe hiking alone. Views up to and from the crest are breathtaking.

The lower loop is a different story. Good hike if you're looking to put miles on your boots, but if you're looking for dramatic scenery, this is not your hike. It has its own qualities, but certainly not the beauty of the upper crest.

Great hike overall. Will definitely do again.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Beautiful flowers, woods and views but long and uphill often

Friday, August 04, 2017

Beautiful! Bring extra snacks or an extra sandwich. You will want to stop and admire the mountains.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Trail is nice and pretty well marked. Beautiful views from the top and several nice picture spots along the trail. Tough trail in some areas make sure you are prepared but overall a good hike.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Most amazing views!!! The top of the trail was so pretty I couldn't believe it. I hiked it with my dog and then pitched a tent in the meadow on the west end before continuing the Lower Loop the next day. The Lower Loop was pretty and very easy to walk, although my GPS said it was nearly a mile longer than the 3.5 miles it claims to be.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

cool

Friday, July 07, 2017

Bring bug spray! But amazing trail! The upper crest part of the loop is a must!

backpacking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Made this trip into an overnight. The scenery was spectacular but there was still lots of snowpack up high that was slippery to cross, especially near the exposed parts of the trail. Also, there was a tremendous amount of deadfall that required going over, under or around. Most of it looked to be very fresh. As is normal for this time of the year, the mosquitos were out in force. I would easily rate this trail 5 stars if it weren't for all the trees on the trail.

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