Long Scraggy Peak

HARD 10 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

hiking
24 days ago

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.