|Elevation Gain||817 feet|
|My TIme||2 hr 9 min.|
|Food Nearby||Skinny Taco|
Crags Trail is a nice hike that isn’t too challenging through a beautiful valley surrounded by rock spires and formations.
The hike will start out through a moderately dense forest and will have a few steep moments right at the beginning. Don’t worry there are only two steep portions and they are at the beginning and the end so if you make it through this you will be ok.
The first forest section of the trail will last about a mile and you will gain 200 feet of elevation. The trail is pretty easy to follow but there are a few times that it gets a little vague. 7/10 of a mile into the hike you will come to a junction with the Devil’s Playground trail. You will want to stay to the left to continue on the Crags trail.
Once you clear the forest you will be in an open area with trees lining either side of the trail and your first views of the surrounding hills.
The valley is really nice to walk through. It is mostly flat and the trail is really well defined without too many obstacles. There are also the occasional rock formations that sprout up above the trail. Keep in mind that while the views are amazing, you will be pretty exposed to the sun and elements.
The Second Woods
Shortly after the above large mound of rocks you will find yourself in the woods again. Here the trail gets a little bit more vague and it isn’t very well defined. You can find your way but there are some options around rocks.
There are also a few more of the rock spires as you enter the second woods. You actually get pretty close to them and if you are like me, you wonder if gravity even still works and if so how these things are still standing like that!?
Once you enter this second woody area the trail starts to increase in elevation as well. Over the last half mile of the hike you will gain about 300 feet of elevation making it the second steeper push of the hike. As you reach the top of the elevation gain you will be on the exposed top of the trail.
The top terrain becomes much rockier and you will have to walk over some large rocks or on some gravel style trails depending on how high you get up. Views become panoramic from the top though and there are several levels that you can stop on to take advantage of the surroundings.
The top trail leads you across a rocky outcrop. I didn’t quite make it but for the first time you can’t make fun of me for being afraid of heights. On this mid-November day the winds were howling and it was pretty brutal at the top so I went about 3/4 of the way up before turning around.
As I said earlier, there are plenty of good spots and room on your way up to the top that you can take in the views and enjoy your time even if you don’t make it all the way to the top.
Distance and Elevation
If you don’t have the AllTrails app you might want to check it out, I really love mine. It records your progress and is a great way to search for hikes that are nearby and gives you difficulty measurements. According to AllTrails today’s hike was around 5.2 miles and had a total elevation gain of over 817 feet including undulations. The high point was actually in the parking area at 10,761 feet. I was also moving for a total of 2 hours and 9 minutes.
I think this trail was tougher to get to than actually to walk on. There is a steep portion at the beginning and the end but its a nice flat walk through the valley for most of the hike. Here is today’s step count from my Fitbit.
A bit of a mix of terrain on this one. You will start out in a wooded area with the trail a bit hard to follow along a softer floor with some large roots. The center section will be more of a sandy dirt trail that is well established. Then back to the woods for the similar softer dirt floor with roots. The trail gets a little harder to follow in these woods. Finally to the rocky top where you will walk on combination of loose gravel and hard rock but it really isn’t to hard to deal with. I would recommend a good pair of hiking shoes.
Crags is located about 3 miles down the dirt Teller CO RD 62. This is a dirt road that is in pretty good shape but does have a few holes to watch out for. Teller CO RD 62 is off of RTE 67 near Divide, CO. There are pit toilets at the trailhead but no running water and there is room for about 15 cars.
Crags wasn’t actually the hike that I was trying to do today but because of some map issues I ended up coming up here. I didn’t know anything about it other than it was close to me. It turned out to be a really enjoyable hike that I think most skill levels will be able to handle.
The walk through the valley with the great rock formations and tree lines surrounding you is really nice and relaxing. It is a beautiful area and it is a flat enough area that you can enjoy it and take your time.
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