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The Crags Trail

MODERATE 157 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
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.

20 days ago

NOTE: as of May 6th the trail is closed and says will open mid to end of summer!!!

1 month ago

Still closed

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2 months ago

love this trail, its close to home, and the views are well worth the hike.

2 months ago

My husband and I did this hike last year and I have to say, it is one of the best we've done. Absolutely beautiful scenery and not too terribly difficult. The end of the hike is well worth it. Just to sit on the rocks, have a snack and take in all of God's beauty before you head back down is priceless. Looking forward to doing again this year. Definitely recommend.

2 months ago

closed today no hiking even

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3 months ago

This is a busy trail and I have never been the only one on it, no matter when I went. The end of the trail does reward you with some great views and interesting rock formations, though. Don't get too close to the edge, the wind gusts are quite strong and unpredictable.

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3 months ago

Great picture spots, creeks. Nice easy hike up and back to trail head.

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5 months ago

A beautiful snowy hike. Doable in hiking boots or snowshoes. The views from the top were amazing. On this particular day there were high wind warnings so it was pretty windy at the top. A great hike.

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7 months ago

very nice hike with great views... we missed the foliage but must be spectacular (and crowded) early in the season. you can run on most of this trail... and also a very nice hike for a wide range of abilities. our roundtrip clocked in at a bit over 5 miles.our dachschund was able to negotiate all but the final few meters of the hike. check out the pictures for the views from the top.

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