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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
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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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Noorali Mohammed
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Rick Lancaster
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Beautiful walk before cold weather sets in. Very busy, but it was a Saturday morning.

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Betsy LaCroix
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Great trail! Well maintained, windy at the top and all of the aspen leaves have fallen, but I will definitely be back. Two steep bits (beginning and end) but the middle is a very mellow walk through meadows and forests.

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Betsy LaCroix
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Great trail! Well maintained, only two slightly steep bits, the rest is a mellow walk through meadows and forest. Very windy at the top today. All of the aspen leaves are gone :(.

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Cindy Robinson
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Christina Grigull
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Nick Steinmetz
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Short, easy hike with great views! Went in early October and the Aspens were in full effect. Trail does get a bit crowded though so don’t expect to have it to yourself.

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Jackie Wilson
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Fun easy hike!

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Victor User
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John Mester
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Phenomenal. Mostly walking so you never expect that #view but baby, it’s grand. 10/10, will come again.

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Kymm Hockman
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Great views!!

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Meghan Weismiller
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The beginning is a little steep but nothing crazy. The hike is pretty quick and easy, and the views at the top are hard to beat! Will definitely have to try this trail out again.

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Lucie Pyle
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personal note: one of my faves!

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Bruce Wild
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This hike gained elevation quickly then flattened out before a final approx 400 ft ascent to the top. Beautiful hike and a flat, hard trail that made it easy for walking. Highly recommend!

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Philip Sevenants
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Awesome views at the top. Trail is well kept and easy

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Vivian Perkins
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Matt Max
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Olivia Dehart
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Okay I go to Colorado once a year and this trail is one I do EVERY time! And I don’t even go the full distance! But it’s got a fun hike through the woods kind of uphill but not bad at all. And then it levels out to beautiful grassy meadows and rock formations you can climb on with amazing views of the tree covered mountains! So relaxing and fun! With a great little cave we always eat lunch at!

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Robert Smith
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bethany 420
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great forest and rock formations! fall colors are totally done though

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Gracie Mumm
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Best in the early morning before the trail (and the parking lot) gets crowded! Moderate elevation gain with good flat areas as well. The views and change in scenery are incredible for such a small hike (2-3 hours total).

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Ryan Sacco
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Hiked 10-4-2020 . Beautiful trail with awesome rock formations and meadows along the way.

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Kevin Glover
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great day for a hike! 10.4.2020.

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Yuriy Valuyev
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Andre Gloumeau
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Well deserved reputation as one of the best trails in the region. Beautiful, easy hike. Readily completed in a couple hours with our nine year old. Perfect fall weather for our hike.

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John Stewart
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Aspens are all but gone, but still a nice hike

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Felicia Williams
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Gorgeous views! Great workout:)

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Alicia Castro
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Total gem.

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Stephanie Costa
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Jay Stoner
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