The Crags Trail

MODERATE 381 reviews
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The Crags Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes. Not too far away the same kind or rock erodes vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth. A few miles south of Divide CO, this kind of rock formation is called "The Crags." The hike out to the granite dome (another kind of erosive pattern in this neck of the woods) from which you can view these stunning features is only two miles long. The trail is well marked (#664) and well travelled. In fact, this trek is so popular with area residents that the Forest Service just finished building a new trailhead parking area. Along the trail you'll pass through forests of enormous quaking aspen, and you'll trace the track of the beginnings of Four Mile Creek. At the end of the trail, you'll surmount a wind swept dome from which you can gaze at the Rampart Range, Ute Pass, and the whole of the Catamount Creeks drainage, including the blue reservoirs that capture and control their release. This is the perfect hike for newcomers to the Colorado Springs area, not too long and not too much altitude. You can make the four miles out and back in less than two hours, but only if you don't succumb to the temptation to remain on the top of the mountain gawking and the scenery and marveling at the brazen Whisky Jack Jays that populate the wind twisted Bristle Cone Pines.

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5 days ago

After following the advice re: going to dead-end of road and following 'old' trail to meet up with the new Crag's trail, I recommend to all who are not familiar with areas they will be hiking to use extreme caution/avoid attempting to utilize old' trails. The further I hiked from the trailhead the worse the condition of this old trail became to the point where 'guess-timation' kicked in (should have turned back at this point). After a bit of this, I decided against continuing so turned back and began my attempt to retrace my path only to discover that numerous washed out, dead-ended trails and false 'paths' resembled the 'old' trail.

If you have hiked certain areas for awhile, or enough in the past as to recognize other landmarks to guide you back to the trailhead,...then you may very well do okay. But for newcomers to areas to attempt to do so...on your way back toward dusk, or simply hours later after the sun's position has changed and the shadows under trees canopy distort the very slight markings which might/might not be the old 'trail', or, your memory of it's very slight existence becomes muddled,...be advised: the apprehension/possibility of spending a night in the woods only to pick up where you left off in the morning is not worth cutting off a smidgen of your hike to avoid a strenuous portion of a new trail.

12 days ago

Spectacular!

13 days ago

Stunning views along the way, but the 360 at the top is icing on the cake. Get there early, the lot fills up fast, but you can always park at the lot for Raspberry Mtn and walk up the road a bit. It was hard to tell where our destination would be when we first started, but as you start the climb towards the end just make sure not to stop until you reach the top!

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15 days ago

The views from the top are well worth the effort and the scenery on the way is beautiful. Highly recommend.

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16 days ago

Wonderful trail. Road to mueller start is not paved and mostly single lane. Hike has a lot of variety and make sure to go to the very top of the rocks. The view is unbelievable.

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20 days ago

Amazing trail, one of my favorites so far! Definitely will go back in the winter.

Gorgeous trail a bit steep in parts but the view at the top is breathtaking so worth the hike!!

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21 days ago

Beautiful hike, spectacular view from the top. A little over 5 miles out and back. Perfect for a couple of non-mountain hiking Iowans.

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1 month ago

Great hike with tremendous views at the top. Difficult for the first half mile and the last half mile but pretty easy in between.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Picked a beautiful day to hike up to the Crags! It is an easy trail as long as you stop to catch some air & enjoy the views of the amazing rock formations. The view at the end is well worth it & plus meeting new folks from other places! You will not be disappointed!!

1 month ago

Beautiful. Well kept trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Beginning is a semi steep climb that gets your heart pumping esp if not used to the altitude. From there a nice rolling trail. Some shaded then a section that opens up to a meadow. Last half mile is another climb to a fantastic 360 view! Road to the trailhead is narrow and rough but my small SUV handled it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view at the end. Worth the hike. However, my recording said we walked 6.8 miles on this trail.

2 months ago

Gorgeous views...breathtaking! My family came down on the wrong trail from the top and was tricky to find our way back to the trail. Beginning and end got our heart rates up but it was not too bad for our Kansas crew. We really enjoyed this hike!

2 months ago

Great hike to pikes peak. Awesome views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with my dog. Was frustrated by some off-leash dog owners. The parent rock easily erodes into pebbles, so the trail is covered with beautiful, large-crystal gravel. That makes most of the trail great for hiking, but also makes the descent from the vista a bit tricky. It also means that there are a ton of animal paths and waterways that (when dry) look like official trails. The trail is totally unmarked (no cairns, blazes, or signage after the first 0.4 mile or so). It’s pretty easy to follow until the climb towards the end. It wasn’t too difficult to find my way, but I was definitely off-trail accidentally a good bit. Pay attention going up so you have familiar landmarks to look for going down!

2 months ago

One of the best trails in the area, beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail! Overall moderate, not highly trafficked, and beautiful views everywhere! Highly suggest!

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail with beautiful rock formations and amazing views at the top. Vault toilets at the trailhead (very clean when we were there). It ended up being a litle over 5 miles. Watch out for afternoon storms in the summer. Overly friendly chipmunks at the top looking for hiker goodies.

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2 months ago

Our family loved this trail! We have 4 children who were aged 5-15 at the time and we made it easily to the top. Amazing views, worth the hike!

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2 months ago

Worth every step!

2 months ago

I’m not an expert but this was a challenging and varied hike. As another post mention, it’s a nice climb thru forest, then a nice walk thru a valley, then a climb to the top. Perfect. As you get close to the top, it appears as if someone created the beautiful and interesting rock formations there. Really cool. But then you do reach the top and it’s wow! 360 views and places to sit and enjoy. And your high up. Must do.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fun little trail to see some really unique rock formations. Would definitely recommend to anyone whose in that area.

2 months ago

Love this trail. Great views and diverse terrain.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views along the way with enough effort put in to really make the end of the hike and descent worth it!

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2 months ago

I have been up The Crags every year for almost 28 years. It is enjoyable for all ages and offers amazing views throughout the hike and breathtaking views at the top. I believe for the ease of access from Colorado Springs and shorter mileage, it has one of the best effort to reward ratios for hikes in Colorado

The trail can be broken into three sections if wondering good times to take resting stops.
Section 1 - Steep climb for about ~.5 miles
Section 2 - Nice easy valley and longest section ~1 mile.
Section 3 - Steep climb to scenic top view for about ~.5 miles. There is a good lookout point about halfway up on this part and is called Lovers Lookout I believe (that's what we call it).

Note: The beginning part is now longer. You use to start at the campgrounds but they added a new trail head and opening section with parking lot and bathrooms. My GPS watch showed that the hike is around ~5.50 miles instead of the 4.8 listed above.

Enjoy!

2 months ago

Very well maintained easy going hike

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike with my 12yo daughter and her friend; it was perfect! Enough shade to keep them from complaining about the sun, rocks to climb on during the hike, and the view from the top made them both exclaim "Thank you for taking us! This was SO worth it!"

3 months ago

was a beautiful hike. lots of wild flowers along the way and the view at the top was awesome! well worth it..

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