The Crags Trail

MODERATE 249 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
830 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.

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

22 days ago

Easy hike with a gorgeous rock features at the end!

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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.

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

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1 month ago

Beautiful views when you finish...loved it!

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2 months ago

Even in the fog it was spectacular!