The Crags Trail

MODERATE 469 reviews
#3 of 211 trails in

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

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

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.

5 days ago

Love this trail! It's my little "go-to spot" when I'm needing some mama time ALONE. GREAT workout and absolutely phenomenal views once you reach the Peak. Be sure to plan with enough time to relax at the top. Far too beautiful to immediately turn back around:)

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

It was a lot of fun. Hiked in the morning til afternoon. My friends and i messed around rock climbing and having fun. Nice people. Please take bags for your dogs waste.

hiking
muddy
snow
12 days ago

Hiked the trail Monday, 6/3 and there were some icy patches you have to be really careful on. We had sunshine, then hail and rain around noon. It was beautiful! We had our two kids with us in backpack carriers and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

14 days ago

Excellent hike. Starts off steep, levels off for the mid-section then gets steep towards the top. Hailed on us a bit once we got to the top but we waited it out and it was absolutely worth it. Breathtaking views from the top. The crags themselves are very picturesque and the west side of Pike's Peak is beautiful. The trail is well-defined and we encountered just a few people.

hiking
15 days ago

Pretty short and gradual trail with great views of interesting geological formations and the backside of Pike's Peak.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
17 days ago

Hiked on 6/1/19. We started at 0630, there were 3 cars in the parking lot and it was 33 degrees at the trail head. Trail still has a few snow patches in shaded locations but you don't need spikes. Trail was a little muddy in places from the rain the night before. Warmed up nicely and by the time we got back to the TH about 1100 the parking lot was full. Overall this is one of the best hikes in the C Springs area.

hiking
snow
20 days ago

Visiting CO from AZ, I was looking for unique trails and this one was amazing. I experienced all 4 seasons in one hike which coming from AZ is a big deal. Beautiful views, snowed a little with snow packs towards the top but worth every step.

Amazing views, moderately steep, trail in great condition. Gets a bit crowded.

hiking
22 days ago

Got to the trailhead around 1000 this morning and it wasn’t busy but got busier later. The trail was fairly easy with some brief inclines. There was still some snowy spots but nothing serious. A bit windy once we got to the top but GREAT views!! Will definitely have to do this hike again in the fall.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike with excellent views. There's snow in a few areas but it's manageable. Saw several dogs on the trail, none of them were leashed.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
25 days ago

Did the trail on 5/23/19 - there's a little snow left on the trail so it's slushy in places but doable. There's an incline to start, flat in the middle, and then a climb at the end. Beautiful views of the mountains!

hiking
muddy
snow
29 days ago

Beautiful weather today!! Some good patches of snow towards the top so bring good shoes! For newbies: there’s an incline in the beginning, then it flattens out for a while and then it gets you again at the end, but the view is worth it!! I’m a bit of a novice hiker and I got through the whole thing in a little under 3 hours (I stop to take lots of pics haha) beautiful hike, enjoy!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

nice hike. lots of trees and then open spaces with great views at the top. the road up to the trail head it closed but it's under a mile to get there from where you park. for anyone else with a low clearance vehicle, the road is fine to make it up. the trail got hard to spot in places when the snow started melting.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

I did the Crags trail on Sunday and the conditions were spectacular. My only beef was that I was on a schedule and didn't realize that the parking area is a good 25-30 mins south of the trail head as the road is closed for winter which meant i had to turn around early to make my timing back home. The trail is clearly marked and the initial ascent is steep but not killer (I'm 54 and in average but not great shape). The trail is already cut through some pretty deep powder and some chunky portions but overall it was great and the scenery is spectacular and only 45 mins from downtown Colorado Springs

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Did a full moon snowshoe hike for the eclipse Sunday night. Road conditions are manageable in a high clearance 4 by 4 but you should have all season tires, chains would be nice. Nice trench laid all the way from the TH to the Crags and route finding was easy even at night. If in doubt, hike up from the Mennonite Camp, don’t rely on others to pull you out. Beautiful snow conditions! About 2-2 1/2 feet of snow. Good BC Nordic skiing too!

hiking
4 months ago

It was a beautiful area but didn’t quite make it to snowshoe because 4 cars (all 4 wheel drive even) got stuck in the deep snow along the way and we got sandwiched in between. I definitely recommend stopping at the Mennonite camp and hiking up from there because driving any further might not be possible (and you might get stuck for 2 hours like we did). Tips for driving: STAY IN THE TRACKS. It’s definitely one lane at the moment so if you meet another car...the only way around really is to back up. Most cars got stuck because they moved slightly to one side to make room to pass but ended up in a snow bank. Overall, will definitely be returning when there is less snow.

4 months ago

Beautiful winter hike great place to watch the sunrise amazing views all around. Word of thanks to the snowshoers who went up the previous day , made the hike much easier.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Currently there is about 24inches of snow on the trail. If you don’t have 4x4 with snow tires, bring chains or cables or park by the camp. Had to help several stuck cars on road that got stuck and could not reach parking at trailhead. A rav4, Honda Pilot, bmw and Ford Explorer all had all wheel drive but didn’t have the tires needed for that kinda of snow.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked on 1-13-19. The Road past the Mennonite Camp was not plowed. With well over a foot of Snow, several Vehicles got stuck. The Hike is one of my favorites to date. The Trail is uphill for the first and last parts, with a long meadow in the middle. It had been well traveled in the Snow and easy to follow. Micro Spikes and Gators came in handy. It took us over 4 hours with a short break at the top and many breather s along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Interesting geologic formations at trail end. Well worth the trip if you're in the area.

6 months ago

Pretty easy trail, enjoyable at the top. Would be beautiful during Aspen season!

6 months ago

Spectacular!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing views. Inclines kick your butt a little bit but the views on the top are worth it.

7 months ago

Amazing view at the top, best trail we have done as far as diverse scenery. Will definitely do this one again but will do the Devils Playground turnoff.

hiking
7 months ago

Unbelievable rock formations! Easy valley hike until you get to the base of the Crags. But worth every step!

7 months ago

Great hike! Did get steep at some parts but the view at the top is amazing. You must go all the way to the top —you won’t regret it!

8 months ago

The reward at the end of this hike is so worth it. You get a 360 degree view! Breathtaking! The hike is moderate but if your not use to the altitude there are small spots that can be difficult. Rest take your time, enjoy the quiet and beauty along the way.

8 months ago

great trail. great views

8 months ago

#twoenthusiasticthumbsup! start early and enjoy the views and a lunch at the top.

Load More

Featured Trails