The Crags Trail

MODERATE 209 reviews
#5 of 128 trails in

The Crags Trail is a 4.9 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.

4.9 miles
869 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers




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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Great hike. Very pretty during fall. Great views at the top.

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6 days ago

I moved to Colorado in March and have been hiking as much as I can. This is my favorite hike I have been on so far (with or without my kids). The scenery was simply outstanding. Even better, my five year old was able to hike the entire trail unassisted.

The main downside was the condition of the road to access the trail. I recommend a medium clearance vehicle or lots of courage.

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7 days ago

Simply one of the best in the Pikes Peak region!

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Hands down my favorite hike so far! The trails were clean! The views were outstanding!

17 days ago

I wrote a whole blog post about this trail. You can read it here :)

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20 days ago

My first hike in Colorado and it was perfect! We skipped the first section since we were camping in the Crags campground (well worth it! Beautiful campground. I suggest #7). The scenery at the top and all of the beautiful wildflowers were spectacular! I plan on taking the family next year!

21 days ago

Awesome way to spend the day! Great scenery and altitude without too much of a climb. Don't let the beginning fool you, that's the toughest part.

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