Get ready for the unexpected when you hike The Crags. Having heard its a must do hike, our curiosity was up to find out what all the hype was about. You won’t be disappointed, instead you’ll be giddy with awe.

Not your normal trek through the Colorado forests when reaching the top. The views and the the rock formations will leave you stunned.

Pikes Peak

On the backside of Pikes Peak, a Must-Do Hike, “the Crags”, Divide, CO

The trail starts with a moderate incline through quite beautiful, very tall pine and aspen trees, eventually coming to a relatively flat area opening onto a meadow of summer wildflowers.

Four Mile Creek trickles along the side of the trail, giving extra pleasure for you, your kiddos and dog buddies.

Coming upon the end of the trail you’ll begin climbing up into “the Crags”.

Bristlecone Pines scattered in and among the rocks, panoramic views of  the surrounding mountains. “a photographers dream”

Pikes Peak

Bristlecone pines, the Crags Trail, a Colorado hike you won’t forget

The hike is 4.9 miles out and back with approximately a 869 ft. elevation gain. Rated easy to moderate, yet be aware there are sections that are definitely more moderate.

Pick one of our many colbalt blue sky days in Colorado, maybe a few sporadic clouds about and you’ll see for miles from the top.

Pikes Peak

Sweeping views as you reach the top of “the Crags” trail, breathtaking.

You’ll spend a ridiculous amount of time on the top, exploring the odd rock formations and taking in the views and maybe (hopefully) you’ve brought lunch or a snack.

If you are new to Colorado, beware Pikes Peak climate is fickle and brings surprises to any hike near it. 

It can be warm and sunny one minute, rain, sleet or snow another. Just ask anyone from here!

Family hike

On the backside of Pikes Peak, a Hidden Gem, “the Crags” Trail. 

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Located in Divide CO., the Trailhead is on Teller County Road 62, 3 miles off of Hwy 67 South, close to the Crags Campground. From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 to Divide, turn left on Hwy 67 South, go 4.3 miles to Teller County Road 62, turn left, go 3 miles to the well marked parking area and Trailhead.

The Crags Campground, a popular camping spot close to the Trailhead.

Located in: Pike National Forest, Information: Pikes Peak Ranger District: 719-636-1602
Open year around, best time is May-October
Dog and horse friendly
Views of Rampart Range, Ute Pass, Catamount Reservoirs
Trail #664
Approx: 3.5 hours out and back

More amazing Colorado day hikes with spectacular settings…

Inter-Laken Trail,  goes along the shoreline of Twin Lakes leading to a Hidden early 1900’s Colorado Resort.

Mohawk Lakes Trail, is everything the Colorado Mountains are about. Alpine lakes, waterfalls, old cabins, & mines.

North Backbone Trail, is part of the Salida Town Trails System with astonishing views of The Collegiate Peaks.


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