Pikes Peak from the Crags Trail

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Pikes Peak from the Crags Trail is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4445 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

snow

CRAGS AREA UPDATE - June 20, 2017 Visitors will continue to notice significant changes in the drainage over the next few years as more and more spruce trees succumb to the natural succession from the beetle infestation. Additional Forest Health Projects, including timber removal, will necessitate future closures in the Crags area beginning in the fall of 2017 for public safety The shortest free hiking route up Pikes Peak 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. As you reach Devil's Playground the rest of the route to the summit comes into view. The ridge is a long and gradual hike. As you hike the ridge you must cross the Pikes Peak Tollway and stay on the Northeast side of the road. The road is regularly patrolled and you will be fined if caught hiking on it. The last bit of trail to the summit is a steep rocky section. Keep your eyes open for cairns that mark the trail. If you stay on the trial this section isn't bad, but if you lose the trail you're in for some tough rock scrambling. At the summit rest in the summit house and return the way you came.

hiking
14 days ago

Did it on New Years Eve, trail was in good condition, it was cold and windy above treeline. Layer up!

28 days ago

great hike up and back. Difficult above the tree line, especially with weather.

1 month ago

Perfect weather, 4.5 hours up. Great day before thanksgiving hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike definitely worth checking out. The pictures don't do it justice

2 months ago

Great hike, great views to the west once you get above tree line, definitely will do it again!

trail running
2 months ago

Nice weather. Nice workout. ❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it! The challenge of the climb is well worth it

hiking
3 months ago

First 14er, hard but so worth it! The summit house really is an added perk for taking a rest.
Went when it was a 13 degree wind chill, temp was around 28. So literally was frozen.
Had thought about hiking up and doing the Cogg down, but I'm so glad we did the backside, which is shorter.
Great views! Better hot chocolate!!

3 months ago

I love this trail. yeah it sucks seeing people at the top, but in my opinion, it's better than the 500 people you see while climbing most 14ers.
I went on a Saturday morning and saw 5 people before getting to the top. Fun!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views, especially in the morning sun, to the west. I did this on August 27, and weather was great, lucked out! Got relatively early start, 6:20 am, and made it to top in 4:21 (I'm pretty slow!). Only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because it's a little disappointing to get to summit with hundreds of people there, but that comes with the territory! Views to west above tree line are great, I should have taken photos there in morning, but didn't want to stop too much. Maybe next time. Oh, you can also see the mine at Cripple Creek as plain as day, and I think there's a trail from that area too, according to Pikes Peak Atlas.

3 months ago

Hi I am planning to climb pike's peak in last week of Oct or first week of Nov. But want to take back trails. Let me know if you are interested to climb together.

Thanks
SG

4 months ago

First fourteener. A challenge, but getting to the top was well worth it!

4 months ago

We did this Sunday August 31, 2017. Started late, like 10:30 am because we were originally only going to go to Devils Playground. However we got convinced to summit so we did. Not a good idea because of threat of afternoon storms so we were lucky. Good trail for all skill levels, just long. The hardest part was definitely the steep section right before Devils Playground.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is very steep for the majority of it. It was very difficult at many times but had breathtaking views the whole way up. I would definitely recommend it for someone looking for a challenge. It was my very first 14er and the feeling of accomplishment is like no other hike i've ever done.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is really divided into 3 parts. We hit the trailhead around 5am. The beginning was extremely cold and had more snow than the actual peak. The first section, about 2 miles, is well within the natural treeline. This part of the trail is relatively easy, with the trail very well marked and formed. The second stretch begins once you ascend past the treeline. From here it gets extremely vertical. We hiked this part in late August, but still dealt with major snow and ice issues which made the ascent much more difficult. Being from the Midwest, the effects of hiking at this altitude were getting noticeable( i.e. Shortness of breath, headache). The final half mile is straight bouldering. At this point the only way to follow the trail is to look for cairns, but you can really make your own trail to the top. Hard hike for flatlanders or inexperienced hikers, but well worth it. Donuts at the top suck! Haha

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail. Once you are out of the tree line it is pretty steep. There are many beautiful views and a beautiful steam you follow much of the way.

5 months ago

Great trail. Pretty easy to follow. Appropriately marked as hard.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has many diverse features and vistas. Planners did a good job of creating a buffer from the road as you get near the top. Traffic on the trail was light which made for a better hike. Final ascent includes lots of large boulders. Treats on top!

5 months ago

Good trail, easy to follow. At and above tree line maximum exposure to weather. One flaw, last 1/2 mile 600 ft of elevation= extreme brutality if exposed to weather. Trail is marked by monikers and switchback through sharp boulder field/ shale to summit. Pikes peak highway is a major temptation at this point.

5 months ago

Great Hike! Toughest part was from Timberline to Devil's Playground. There's a creek that runs next to the trail all the way up just past the timberline. Worked great on the way back down to refill my camelback (with filter).

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