The Crags Trail

MODERATE 173 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

21 hours ago

Nice trail great views perfect for a family day.

hiking
1 day ago

It's open! Trail conditions are clear, no snow. Parking is tight. We arrived 7:30am, Sunday morning. The parking lot was full, and we only saw one hiker come off the mountain before us.... The race was going on that day, so perhaps a lot of people were taking Devil's Playground to the Peak? At any rate, plan and get there early! The dirt road is really bumpy, took the 4x4 this time, but lots of cars made it... just go slow, and get over for other cars/trucks if you're uncomfortable to pass that tightly. We saw no wildlife today. One of the best hikes around, IMO. Hike it Baby, Colorado Springs.

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12 days ago

road was open today, fun hike

15 days ago

As of 6/3/17 the road is still closed. Posted signs say it will open late summer.

18 days ago

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20 days ago

Still haven't waiting for the road to close. If anyone goes up and finds out the road is open from earlier then what some of the previous reviews please let me know. This trail is excellent to experience several different Colorado elements. Very scenic and is a must!!!

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21 days ago

23 days ago

Forest Service Road 383 to the crags is closed for at least another week for maintenance. Road is expected to be closed through at least June 10/11.

26 days ago

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1 month ago

NOTE: as of May 6th the trail is closed and says will open mid to end of summer!!!

2 months ago

Still closed

hiking
3 months ago

love this trail, its close to home, and the views are well worth the hike.

3 months ago

My husband and I did this hike last year and I have to say, it is one of the best we've done. Absolutely beautiful scenery and not too terribly difficult. The end of the hike is well worth it. Just to sit on the rocks, have a snack and take in all of God's beauty before you head back down is priceless. Looking forward to doing again this year. Definitely recommend.

3 months ago

closed today no hiking even

3 months ago