Long Scraggy Peak is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Conifer, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,827 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

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4 months ago

We had to park about 2 miles from this hike. We asked the park person who was in charge of taking money for parking, where this trail was and she replied, "never heard of it". Thank you gps. I don't recommend this trail if you're not prepared to feel your lungs burn, get tears welling up from the beautiful view or if you don't have walking sticks. (we didn't have walking sticks, highly recommend the $20 spending on some). I got proposed to at the very top if this mountain. He did this as I was panting and tearing up from the view. Great hiking trail, along with the most gorgeous view.

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6 months ago

The lack of legitimate parking for this hike is definitely a concern. If the possibility of a ticket doesn't bother you then head down 4+ miles of a logging road so you can actually start a fairly short hike. I clocked 5.5 miles from the gate to the marker on summit. So I'd say closer to 11 than 10.5. After parking further down the road it was about 13 miles total...for a 2.8ish actual hike. Absolutely beautiful at the top, worth the long round trip once, but I would never do that again. Logging road is borderline unbearably boring, especially on the return trip.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

As mentioned previously, a majority of the hike is the limited-access road leading up to it. Not much to see along there, although I did see numerous deer and some turkey. Coordinates for the trail leading off of the road are N39.21.6476 W105.12.6343. Which is approximately 4.3 miles from the start. Shortly after you start, the road will go through a chained-off "gate", that is the correct way, just walk around the barrier.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Parking is interesting. TH is literally off the road. Hike was very pretty, but a lot of beetle kill. Head down the long dirt road for the majority of the hike.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great day hike. The last mile and a half were hard, but the views are fantastic.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gorgeous hike. Parking is confusing since it's literally right off the road and they'll ticket you for parking off the highway. Parked back up the road a half mile up in the recreation area. Adds about a mile or so to your hike. If you can't find a spot along there you'll have to fork over $5 for parking. Easy at first because you're just walking the service road for a long chunk. Once in, you'll turn right onto the trailhead. It was easy to find and marked with cairns. From there you follow a lightly beaten path through woods. It turns steep quickly afterwards. Expect lots of climbing, zig zagging, and steep ascents. It's short, but challenging. Once you get up top and it chills out a bit, it was easy to loads the trail. Cairns are piled up frequently but I had to do a bit of searching up top to find Peak access and the survey marker. Ended up going off trail and found my own route across the rocks. Good landmark is there is a small "camp" up top that someone has previously built (logs and stone fire area butted up against rockface). Follow trail from there. Great views and great lunch spot. Hardest part was the steep hike down.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail. The service road is actually not bad, as the scenery is typical Deckers. Tough hike, but well worth the climb.

My GPS clocked the entire trip around 11 miles.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

What a view! The first five miles are a service road that takes you slowly downhill (remember what comes down must go up!) On your right you'll see a beaten path, with cairns to mark. Keep following those cairns on your way up! It's easy to get lost.

I'm very short, and found the use of my poles very necessary on the way up and down the most steep sections. The scramble to the top isn't so bad -- but make sure you climb all the way up to those smooth-looking boulders. It's so worth it. 360 degree view, birds whizzing by, and you'll likely be alone.

Lots of tree coverage once you get past the service road, but I'd still recommend hitting this early in the summer months.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The view from the top more than makes up for the intense climb to get there.

It would be very easy for a beginner to get lost on this trail. Follow the cairns and you should arrive at the peak without too much confusion. The road in is through pretty terrain, but it's clearly just a service road. There are a lot of signs of wildlife, and we saw two deer just off the road. The trailhead is a little hard to find, and is overgrown for the first mile or so. Use other hikers' routes or look for a path headed east as you begin to leave Long Scraggy behind you on the service road. There are only two sections where you'll need to use your hands, but the rest of the trail is pretty loose and very steep, so bring poles if you're worried about a steep climb. Once you get to the top, look for a rock formation (it's pretty obvious) and scramble up to get to the metal stamps and an amazing view. Be somewhat cautious of the birds at the peak, as they have no problem flying within inches of your face.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike. The official trail shown here is NOT the trail to the peak of Long Scraggy. The one shown here is a forest service road and a very leisurely stroll. The trail to the peak is not shown here. Check out the recorded hikes to see that everyone cuts east about 4.5 miles in instead of going north/northeast around he base of the mountain. I didn't see a trailhead sign but found it to be obvious, it's the only thing that looks like a beaten trail off the service road. The trail was not terribly hard to follow but I could see someone getting lost. It didn't seem heavily maintained, there were downed tree along the way. The difficult part of this trail is certainly as you fork off the service road. It's a scramble up but the top has one of the best views on the Conifer area.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nice hike. Very thin trail...would be easy to get off course if beginner.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

This is a great and little used peak. The views from the top are fantastic.

The route does require off trail travel and route finding which adds to the fun for me. The last bit has quite a bit of class 2 or so scrambling.

Highly recommended.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Attempted to hike to the top today, however had a hard time finding a part of the trail about 4.5 miles in. There is supposed to be a creek that runs through a meadow that you follow. With everything being frozen couldn't locate the creek by ear and ended up just turning around. Will give it another try when everything thaws out.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Starting at CO126 (or anywhere in the Buffalo Creek area), mountain bike to trail start via dirt forest roads near Spring Brook neighborhood. Stash bikes, and do the strenuous hike to the top. This is not a well marked trail and route finding can be a challenge, especially finding the trail head.

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