Crag Crest Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Crag Crest Trail is a 9.6 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
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1883 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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
12 days ago

14 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

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.

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

25 days ago

Beautiful flowers, woods and views but long and uphill often

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

cool

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

backpacking
2 months ago

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.