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The Crags Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 820 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Please note: the road to trailhead may close seasonally, extending the length of the trail. Please research prior to your visit. 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.

Pay attention to the trailhead you use. On the way down, you'll have a choice to make as the trail forks left and right. The sign reading "trailhead," and pointing right, takes you to the new parking area. If you mistakenly follow this trail, having parked at the old trailhead, don't panic. You can just walk back along the road for about .5 miles to where you parked your car. This is a dog friendly trail. You are even allowed to have them off-leash, as long as they respond immediately to voice commands.

Directions: Exit I-25 west at Cimarron Ave (exit 141) in Colorado Springs onto US Hwy 24. Drive west through Woodland Park to the town of Divide. Turn south (left) on CO Hwy 67 and drive about 4 miles. Just past the entrance to Mueller State Park, you'll see a small sign indicating a left turn on a gravel road to the Crags Campground. This will take you through the middle of a Mennonite Camp; don't worry; you're on the right road. In about 3 miles you'll find another small sign directing you to turn left again. The new trailhead parking is on the right. The Crags Campground is at a cul de sac at the end of the road; the old trailhead leads up from here.

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Gabriela Ranglova
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Hiking

Easy trail. Fun little hike.

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Tori Burke
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Hiking

This was a great short/easy hike. If you’re looking for a nice stroll this is perfect. Super pretty and pretty flat for the most part.

Bonnie Nord
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HikingGreat!

Visiting from out of town and this hike was recommended by a friend and local as their favorite hike to take visitors. We were not disappointed! Great trail, not too strenuous, with rewarding views at the top. Highly recommend!

Jen Zetterstrom
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Not entirely kid friendly- it’s pretty steep going up and it’s also full of loose gravel. If you have kids ages 3-7 who tend to want to run off the side of the mountain, make some careful considerations. There are some fun spots along the hike to explore, like a log across a stream that you can walk over. It’s partly shaded too which is nice. We never summited because of said kids but we still got a good hike out of it. The drive to the parking lot is doable in whatever cars but there are tight turns and the road is a bumpy dirt road, so be on alert.

Bryce Starbuck
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Vincent Harriman
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike through Devil’s playground to Pike’s Peak. Heavily traveled, but the views keep getting better the higher you go!

Mimi Philpott
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Beautiful scenery and very nice trail.

Amber Frey
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Tyler Greenhaw
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Andi Kuhn Graham
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Steep incline to start but it gets better. Then steep again. Worth it for the views at the top! We tracked 5.3 miles total and about 2:15 with a stop at the top.

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Brittany Wardstrom
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Amanda Mora
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Daniel Paulonis
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John Kelley
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Liz White
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This is such a beautiful trail with amazing views! I loved walking through the forest and then the meadows.

Alfred Sawatzky
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Nicole White
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Hiking

Got up there around 7 AM on a Tuesday. The trailhead is in great shape you can get a little lost from the trail towards the top but nothing crazy. Awesome trail I would rate it easy not so much moderate a good one for young kids and dogs such a good morning hike the views up top are totally worth it

Brenda L.
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Hiking

7/26/20 - It rained, so we did not get full effect of the beauty but it’s still quite pretty and serene. Steep uphill scramble at first through woodland, then path levels off onto a meadow leading to a short steep hike to the top. It’s true that you must ascend to the very top to take in the best scenic views of the unique rock formations. All said, nice short hike. Very few hikers (we arrived at 1 pm). Note: we did this previously in the winter and couldn’t get to the top because of the snow (and gate closed so it added to the hike) not worth it to hike it during that time.

Jacob Miller
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Keith Warren
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Hiking

I have been doing the Crags for years and I never tire of the beauty of this trail

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Nathan Cooper
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Hiking

Great hike. We’re a little slow from being sea level people. Steep at first when the switchbacks. Opens up to some metals with good views. Climb to the top not too bad but well worth it. Great views of the Colligates Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Dee Brantley
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Horseback riding

arrive early if you are hauling horses. parking lot half mile before this trailhead is empty and you can ride down to trailhead. some rocky parts but take it slow and you won't slip. one of the best trails we rode in Colorado. not too far from dome rock, another amazing trail.

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Family of Free
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On July 19th my husband, 10 month old, the red heeler, a friend and I adventured out not realizing how breath taking these views are. This was a easier moderate trail, families can definitely make it. The only difficult part was the very end when you are walking on boulders up and down. The first part is very forestry and up hill on switch backs. The majority of it is flat threw a beautiful meadow that you get to see a handful of rock formations. The last part is up and down, on pebbles throw the forest, then climbing on huge boulders. Make sure you make it to the very top, it’s a 360 degree view. The beginning, make sure you take a left when you come up to a fork. If you go right and cross a beautiful wood bridge, you are going the wrong way, that is to Devils Garden. Over all this was such a beautiful hike and recommend taking the time to go. It took us about three hours there and back, that was with stopping recording/taking photos. We have a YouTube channel that goes over multiple hikes #FamilyofFree. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqAytrT-U1vlphR3WWujJw here is the link for this video https://youtu.be/j1oDYC2FD_0

Kelci Lee
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Hiking

Reading the other reviews on this really helped me prepare for this hike. It was uphill the first mile then nice and mostly flat then the last part was all uphill again. The view at the top was definitely worth it. Beautiful wildflowers and butterflies in the middle of the hike.

Eva Henrie
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Hiking

I loved this hike. I definitely recommend getting there early as the parking lot fills up fast. I got there at 7am on a Sunday and the lot was already almost full.

Kathryn Watson
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Hiking

Very easy. Nice view. Lots of wild flowers. There’s a creek to the side of the trail at the start. Kid and dog friendly. GPS is accurate.

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Melissa Howard
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Got to the trailhead at 8 on a Sunday and the main parking lot was mostly full already. There is overflow parking a half mile back. The trail is well marked and well maintained. The first mile is a doozy as it is pretty much a straight climb, then it's a beautiful hike through meadows and rock formations. Lots of shade and chipmunks and butterflies throughout. The final push up to the peak is more elevation gain with a gorgeous payoff at the top...perfect place to have a lunch and sit and recover. Coming down there is a lot of loose gravel/scree so be careful. If your knees bother you I'd recommend poles although I saw one hardcore dude hiking it in flip flops! It took us 4 hours but we stopped for pictures quite a bit. Definitely put this one on your to-do list.

Erin Hostetler
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Loved this hike! Steeper slopes at the beginning and middle (the final climb to the top) of the hike, but gorgeous landscapes and rock formations throughout! Took us about 3 hours round trip, with lots of stops for pictures, resting, and eating lunch at the summit!

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Bailey Turco
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This hike is marvelous! The first part of the trail is the steepest/most difficult, but this is a very rewarding trail. There were lots of wildflowers, butterflies, and incredible rock formations along the way. The trail is very easy to follow, until it opens up at the top, where the 360° view is spectacular. Today I spent about 4 hours on the trail, which included frequent stops for photos and a lunch break at the top. Per usual, a thunderstorm rolled in at about 2 o'clock this afternoon, so make sure you get an early start to beat the storms.

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Karen McGrail
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Great trail. Not sure very family friendly like others have said though. Some tough spots where slipping can easily happen. The views at the top are worth it.

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