Devils Playground from the Crags

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Devils Playground from the Crags is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3116 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

A good hike up the side of Pikes Peak to some interesting Rock formations. From the parking lot you will see the sign for the Crags trailhead. Begin hiking down this trail. After a tenth of a mile you will see a sign on the right labeling trail 664A take this trail across a log bridge and begin your ascent. This trail will take you into a basin at the base of the peak, then it will aggressively gain elevation up to Devil's Playground. Parts of this trail are loose rock, but a group called Friends of the Peak are working on making this trail much more sustainable. As you ascend this steep section you will begin to get views of the Sawatch Range, Tenmile Range, Mosquito Range, and even the Sangre de Cristo Range. Take your time though as this hike is steep at times and reaches 13,000 feet of elevation.

hiking
2 days ago

Good amount of uphill with a lot of exposure. Good amount of water on the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike the day prior to "The Crags" this route to the devils playground will get your attention.

awesome trail! Layers layers layers! temperature varies very drastically you will sweat and you will freeze this late in the season! Very little snow as of yesterday. Give yourself a large amount of time probably plan on sunrise to close to sunset depending on expirence!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, the last portion before hitting the peak before the road is by far the most demotivating part. I would highly suggest bringing something to protect your face from the wind.

7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

We got an early start and the views when you get to the top makes it completely worth it. We're still new to hiking and loving it. The biggest obstacle to us was the elevation change in the oxygen levels so if you're still new to the sport, just allow for plenty of breaks with water & snacks. the trail is clear and easy to follow with plenty of others on the trail. Great hike!

hiking
8 months ago

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10 months ago

amazing views! difficult trail, but highly recommended.

10 months ago

The boulder field at the top was an unexpected obstacle, and the way down was slick and took time. It was a great trail though, with gorgeous views.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Once you break off from the Craig's trail it's a pretty steady climb. Just before tree line it get steep and it's a long climb. It's great up top, spectacular views. Saw some big horn sheep. Trail down, steep part was slow going. Good trail just need to be in good shape, hard trail

10 months ago

steep route that yields really interesting sandstone rock formations at the top as well as amazing views of the surrounding area.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. You start in alpine and up above the tree line. Along the way, you can view distant mountain chains to the northwest, west and southwest. Hiking through in late June, you'll still be crossing patches of snow at the top of the ridge. And if you're up for it, you can continue on from Devil's Playground to the top of Pikes Peak where you can secretly feel superior to all the folks up there who drove or took the train.
With that full trip to the top of the peak and back, you're looking at 12+ miles of hiking with serious elevation changes, so bring snacks and carry extra clothing for the cooler temperatures on your way up to 14,000 feet. Also, be ready to make your way to the top of the peak through a boulder field that'll be a pretty serious challenge to many.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great trail to hike for those who like more of a challenge over the nearby Crags. It's steep in many places and loose gravel on the rocks, so you need to watch your step. The weather was perfect and the views were terrific. We had driven up Pikes Peak a week earlier, so found it interesting that this trail ends in the gravel parking lot for Devil's Playground.