Duration: 1.5 to 3.5 hours (easy trail) 6-9 hours (to the top of Pikes Peak)
Trail Difficulty: Easy to Advanced (depending on trail)
Elevation Gain: 720 ft. (easy) 4,300 ft. (to the top of Pikes Peak)
Scenery: forestry, "crags" rock formations, beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains at the top
Recommended for: Hikers, Dogs
Open: Year-round. Be aware that there can be snow found on the trail especially in the winter and spring.
May – October would be the best time to hike this trail and it is absolutely beautiful in the fall when the Aspen leaves are changing colors.
The Crags Colorado gets its name from the rock formations that you will see along this trail. The majority of the Crags trail is easy, with just a slight altitude gain except for in the very beginning and the end. At the end of the trail there are some large rocks that you will be hiking up but it is worth it since the views at the very top are beautiful. Round trip this trail takes approximately 1.5-3.5 hours depending on your pace and how long you stay at the top. For most of the trail you’ll be walking along side a small creek in an open field which gives the hike its easy difficulty level. This hike is great for families and dogs and you will see plenty of friendly pups on a nice day.
You can hike to the summit of Pikes Peak from this trailhead but it is a different trail than described above. This trail is easier than Barr trail since it is shorter and has less of an elevation gain. It is almost 7 miles to the Summit house with an elevation gain of around 4,300 ft. Shortly after you start from the Crags trailhead you will reach Four mile creek - turn right and get on trail #664A crossing the bridge. This is different from the trail above. On the way to the summit, you’ll follow signs to the Devils Playground and will cross the Pikes Peak Highway. Follow the foot path and you will reach the Summit House (easier said than done).
· Safety tips
Always bring plenty of water and snacks for your hike.
Be sure to wear the correct shoes and clothing, especially if there could be snow on the ground. If you are hiking to the summit of Pikes Peak, the temperatures will be between 30-40 degrees cooler.
Visitors need to be sure they are accustomed to the altitude of Colorado Springs before attempting to hike any trail but especially those taking you to the top of Pikes Peak. Usually by the 3rd or 4th day you are in town you will be adjusted to the altitude
· Trailhead Directions:
Travel west on Highway 24 for 25 miles to State Highway 67 South. As you travel along Highway 24, you will pass through Woodland Park, the largest town in the area. Be careful not to turn onto State Highway 67 North which begins in Woodland Park but proceed to State Highway 67 South which begins further west in Divide. Turn left onto State Highway 67 South towards Cripple Creek and go approximately 4.3 miles to Teller County Road 62. Turn left onto County Road 62 and proceed 3 miles to the trailhead parking lot on your right just before the entrance to the Crags Campground.