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The Crags Trail

MODERATE 234 reviews
#7 of 141 trails in

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.

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2 days ago

Beautiful views when you finish...loved it!

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12 days ago

Even in the fog it was spectacular!

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16 days ago

This trail is a medium difficulty trail with a lot to offer. The start of the trail has you moving through a forest of Spruce, Fir, and Pine; half way through the trail you will start to see Aspen trees that have changed to their fall colors. Once you reach the Crags you are meet with great views of Pikes Peak, North and South Catamount Reservoir, Crystal Creek Reservoir, and of course The Crags themselves. Trail 360 on YouTube

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19 days ago

This is always our first hike when we hit the area. It is easy to follow and has a variety of views. We hit it when the aspen turn and it is breathtaking at times. There is a moderate climb to the top of the crag, but well worth it on a clear day.

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22 days ago

One of my favorite hikes, with Devil’s Head Fire Lookout taking first. The rock formations on this hike are amazing. Not sure why it’s rated moderate? It’s a very well maintained trail and it was pretty easy hike. Put this one on your list for sure!

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25 days ago

Not too hard of a climb for the reward of AMAZING views at the top. Nice variety of terrain too. Really enjoyed this hike!

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