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Crag Crest Trail is a 12.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cedaredge, Colorado that features a lake 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: 12.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,017 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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

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6 days ago

absolutely gorgeous hike starting at the west end (upper) looping up out and around the lakes. total of around 11-12 miles from upper through lower loop. well worth it. perfect blend of work and views!

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blowdown
6 days ago

Excellent trail. The wind was definitely a challenge at points but vistas for miles and the trail is well marked.

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13 days ago

This is an awesome trail. The downed trees from the wind previously mentioned have been cleared. I lived in Cedaredge for a while and am a Colorado native and this was a favorite trail. It’s not for people who don’t like heights... One is treated to an awesome 1/2 to mile crag with drop offs on both sides and a spectacular view. One part on the crag was so narrow it’s getting a bit washed out. You definitely want to keep that in mind if you bring children or rambunctious pets. Don’t take the lower loop...it’s an apocalyptic walk among spruce beetle victims and can be dangerous in high winds. It also adds a couple of miles to the trip. The trip back from Upper Eggleston Lake to the West Trailhead runs into an unmarked junction (at least when I was there)...do look at a map beforehand if you do decide to take the full loop.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful views from the crest and well worth the hike. Be aware that there are lots of downed trees on the trail. I also do not recommend doing a loop with the lower trail, as the lower trail was basically a rough bushwhack through a logging site with downed trees everywhere.

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blowdown
off trail
26 days ago

Nice trailhead with parking and signage. The trail is well marked. Right now due to the recent high winds there are hundreds of trees across the trail. There are a couple dozen in the first 2 miles. at 2.1 miles there is an area if hundreds of trees down and intertwined. I had to divert around the area. The trail along the ridge top is in good shape. Once you start descending you start hitting the downed trees. I thought I'd make it a loop and come back on the lower trail. The lower trail is a disaster, don't use it.

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snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

If you’re willing to have wet feet and cross 3 or 4 snow drifts on the side of the talus littered ridge, the hike is passable. Depending on your experience/risk tolerance, you may want to wait another couple weeks for it to completely melt out. Trail is muddy, but nothing crazy. Ridge is also very narrow in a couple spots. I chose to do the full loop. There are several downed trees crossing the trail to navigate, but nothing too bad. Views on the ridge are awesome.

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snow
1 month ago

Very cool hike in Grand Mesa national forest. Amazing views and shaded hike. At the moment there are many areas covered in snow, boots got soaked by the end of the hike. Snow also made a full hike impossible, along the crest it was often necessary to scramble up the rocky ridge line. Which was a little adventurous for your average hiker. I’d wait until later this summer to really enjoy it.

hiking
5 months ago

A lot of fresh powder made it difficult to navigate and move Eve with snowshoers and poles. Wasn't camping at the camp site so only went about two miles which I suggest as that shows you all the views you'll get on the trail, otherwise you're just walking through the woods for another four miles.

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snow
6 months ago

Definitely need snowshoes, I went to the ridge and turned back because I didn’t want to slide off accidentally somehow while alone. Awesome hike nonetheless

hiking
7 months ago

Had been 25 years since last hiking Crag, the heights still got to me crossing the ridge,but I made it! Beautiful views even in the fall with no leaves.

hiking
8 months ago

Only walked in 3.6 mi and back with a little off the trail here and there (made it 7.9 mi all together. took me around 3 hr and 15 min) If you only want to get to the ridge, it’s a little less than 3 mi. Easy, nice work out. It was super windy when I was there though. I was literally blown away!

hiking
9 months ago

If you are up on the Mesa, this is a can’t-miss hike. The ridge of Crag Crest has amazing views in any direction!!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail makes an excellent loop. In total the loop is about 11.5 miles. There is a lot of timber work being done on the lower portion of the route, which leaves the trail exposed to lots of bright sunshine.

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

just a logging road. once beautiful easy stroll.

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9 months ago

A beautiful hike through the forest and above tree line. Minor exposure in some areas. I hiked 5.2 miles in and back out. Not too strenuous, but hiking at elevation will get your heart rate going.

hiking
10 months ago

9/1/19: Arguably my favorite hike in Colorado because of all the different terrain. The trail goes thru forest, over rocks, on top of ridge lines, around lakes, and thru meadows (all with amazing views, flowers, and wildlife). Conditions were pretty perfect. Temps were in the 70’s and the trail in good shape. Was worried about the mosquitoes after reading posts from last month, but we didn’t encounter any or use any bug spray. Had to scramble over a few downed trees across the trail on the lower loop (thanks to loggers), but it was still beautiful. Was expecting to be more exposed to the sun on the lower loop too, but it wasn’t bad. Great Hike!

One of my favorite treks! Gorgeous views and soooo many wildflowers.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views from the narrow ridgeline.

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10 months ago

Parked at the west lot and hiked 4.35 miles just past the crest and went back. Didn’t want to do the lower loop with the trees being worked on down below. Trail is in great shape and no bugs at all!! Saw 3 other groups of hikers the whole time. the wildflowers were beautiful!! Beautiful views and great hike. The views never get old!!

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10 months ago

Did the loop instead of the out and back. The hike on the crest is awesome. The lower loop was not as interesting and mostly in the sun. The logging made some parts a little underwhelming. Make sure to be looking for trail signs when the trail crosses onto the logging road. Overall beautiful hike with tons of lake views and wildflowers.

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