The Crags Trail

MODERATE 310 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.

7 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

Great little hike for great views!

hiking
14 days ago

I love this trail. I used to hike the Crags often in middle/high school (2002-2007 ish) and this was the first time I've been back since. I was very surprised to see how much the trailheads have changed - nothing like what I remember. This led me to make the mistake of starting out at the Crags/Devils Playground trailhead - don't do that. The first quarter mile is suuuuuper steep. Instead, keep driving past that trailhead til the road dead ends - this is the trailhead you want. Unless you enjoy the steepness - in that case, you do you. Once I met up with the original Crags trail, it was exactly as I remembered. Amazing the whole way with the finale at the top. I clocked 7.1 miles on my fitness tracker on my phone but we did explore off trail quite a bit. It was a Wednesday so we only saw about four other people the entire time. Enjoy!!

hiking
14 days ago

Love this trail! Not my first time here. Even though the first section is quite steep, the smells of the pine forest are rejuvenating! Our FitBits gave us 6 miles round trip but maybe we wandered around a bit...

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike, especially prior to sunset provided you can move fast enough to make it back down before the sun gets too low. As noted by others the toughest parts are at beginning and end, and overall this is an easy to moderate trail with fantastic views and photo opportunities.

20 days ago

Loved this hike. So pretty and a fun one for the kids!

scenic driving
22 days ago

Just a great hike with really amazing views from the top. I have it clocked closer to 5.8 miles. I would rate it easy/moderate. The elevation is at the beginning and the very end.
Today there were quite a few really slushy areas that at times were a bit difficult to traverse. I would highly recommend poles or light crampons. A lot of people in sneakers that were regretting their decision. Wet feet are not fun.
The road was fine. I appreciated my 8 in clearance but it was not necessary.

23 days ago

Starts alittle steep from the trailhead, but levels out into a great valley.. my 8 year old and I had a blast on this hike.. lots of things to look at and enjoy colorado.

hiking
23 days ago

Went on New Year’s Day and would love to return in the summer - only complaint is that it’s too short in my opinion. ;)

24 days ago

Some steep switchbacks at the beginning to be aware if for out of state visitors not used to this elevation. The rest of the trail is pretty flat and ends with a beautiful overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent medium to low-intensity hike with some spectacular views. The first quarter-mile takes some work as does the last quarter mile as you reach the top, but it is worth it for sure. You pass through a number of meadows and along a stream (though on our hike there wasn't very much water moving downhill since most all of the snow and ice has melted in this area).

The primary feature of this hike, as the name implies, are the granite formations shaped by the wind and water. Some really beautiful aspects of raw nature especially once you get close to the end of the trail. Beautiful views at the top looking across the valley to the Sawatch Range in the far west.

Did this trail with kids (ages 10 and 12) and it was good exercise but well within their skill level.

Our full trip ended up closer to 5 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail last year when I was 6 months pregnant. It was a little steep at parts, but totally worth it. You get a huge variety of scenery, it is absolutely beautiful. there’s a stream that runs alongside majority of it, my dog really enjoyed it. Hidden gem.

This is an amazing trail! Well marked, not too busy, and billion dollar views all around. Worth every step! The weather can change quickly. Started off sunny and warm, and ended with snow falling and winds whipping at the end on 5/20.

1 month ago

Super hard for the first part of less than a quarter of a mile as it is very steep, but after that it's an easy and beautiful hike. Well worth the first 5 minutes of suffering. The tail takes you through such varied terrain, you start out in a much forest with the most beautiful stream you have ever seen, then on to grassland and wildflowers, walking past impressive rock formations, and finally at the top is just amazing view after amazing view. The trees up there are very cool too as the wind has shaped them in such interesting ways.

1 month ago

Hidden gem - beautiful trail along the creek with fantastic views at the end. Loved the variety of the trail.

1 month ago

Great trail along the creek with sweeping views at the end. Beautiful rock formations. There was no camping when we were there - check to make sure the campground is open or sleep in your car at the Trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy, great views. Pretty simple hike but worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Drive to the trailhead was easy. Ice on a few areas of the trail. Used spikes; no problem! Beautiful hike this morning!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked 3/2/18. As previously reported the road to trailhead is snow covered. I made it fine with AWD and you could make it with 2wd BUT if someone else is coming the other direction then you might get stuck trying to move over for them. Fantastic hike overall. Trail was snow covered but spikes were not needed

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked 2/3/18. Road to trailhead was snow covered. 4wd/Awd helpful, but there was one 2wd vehicle in parking lot. Much of the trail was packed snow and some ice. Traction not necessary, but trekking poles were helpful. Nice views

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively lightly traveled and not especially hard. The views are beatiful. The first time we attempted it a few years ago, some of the markers had been knocked down and we could not complete it, but since then, we have returned to find it well marked and worth the hike!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with amazing views. Weather can change quickly.

hiking
6 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful every step of the way. Light snow 1/2 to 1" much of the trail. the rocks at the end are slippery but the views you pay for are more than worth it.

6 months ago

Thanks

hiking
7 months ago

The view at the end was totally worth it! 7 miles round trip. The first and last mile in are the hardest.

7 months ago

Easy hike with a gorgeous rock features at the end!

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail with varied scenery. Minimal traffic (in November). Well marked until the very end where you scramble up the last Rocky bit to the 360° view - hold out till the end, it is well worth it.

8 months ago

Amazing views at the top and lots of fun boulders and caves for the kids to explore

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views when you finish...loved it!

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