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The Crags Trail

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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.

hiking
muddy
snow
5 hours 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
29 days 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Spectacular!

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 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
6 months ago

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

6 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!

7 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.

7 months ago

great trail. great views

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Crags trail is beautiful especially in the fall. The 360 view on the top was amazing and so worth the hike. It’s a little hard to tell where to stop but make sure you follow the trail up to the top! Great trail. One of my favorites so far!

trail running
7 months ago

Excellent trail, with great panoramic view at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

I love this trail!!!!

7 months ago

Not to be missed! Spectacular hike, especially in the fall.

hiking
8 months ago

After following the advice re: going to dead-end of road and following 'old' trail to meet up with the new Crag's trail, I recommend to all who are not familiar with areas they will be hiking to use extreme caution/avoid attempting to utilize old' trails. The further I hiked from the trailhead the worse the condition of this old trail became to the point where 'guess-timation' kicked in (should have turned back at this point). After a bit of this, I decided against continuing so turned back and began my attempt to retrace my path only to discover that numerous washed out, dead-ended trails and false 'paths' resembled the 'old' trail. If you have hiked certain areas for awhile, or enough in the past as to recognize other landmarks to guide you back to the trailhead,...then you may very well do okay. But for newcomers to areas to attempt to do so...on your way back toward dusk, or simply hours later after the sun's position has changed and the shadows under trees canopy distort the very slight markings which might/might not be the old 'trail', or, your memory of it's very slight existence becomes muddled,...be advised: the apprehension/possibility of spending a night in the woods only to pick up where you left off in the morning is not worth cutting off a smidgen of your hike to avoid a strenuous portion of a new trail.

hiking
8 months ago

The road through the Mennonite Camp is a little rough, but nothing a 4x4 vehicle/SUV can’t handle. We saw a handful of small cars parked up top. Beautiful views through the fields and an amazing mountain top view! So worth it. Kinda steep initially but if you’re looking for a short day hike- this is it.

8 months ago

Spectacular!

8 months ago

Stunning views along the way, but the 360 at the top is icing on the cake. Get there early, the lot fills up fast, but you can always park at the lot for Raspberry Mtn and walk up the road a bit. It was hard to tell where our destination would be when we first started, but as you start the climb towards the end just make sure not to stop until you reach the top!

hiking
8 months ago

The views from the top are well worth the effort and the scenery on the way is beautiful. Highly recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful trail. Road to mueller start is not paved and mostly single lane. Hike has a lot of variety and make sure to go to the very top of the rocks. The view is unbelievable.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail, one of my favorites so far! Definitely will go back in the winter.

Gorgeous trail a bit steep in parts but the view at the top is breathtaking so worth the hike!!

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