The Crags (10,856′), Front Range
The Crags Trail #664 follows Four Mile Creek through deep forests and lush meadows, ending at a rocky dome with unobstructed views in all directions. At the summit of the windswept dome there are views of the Rampart Range, Pikes Peak Mastif, Catamount Reservoirs, and distant mountain ranges to the west and north.
The majority of the Crags trail has a gentle elevation gain, with the first and last half-mile gaining the most elevation.
Another hike along the the flanks of Pikes Peak with very unique geological features is Pancake Rocks.
- Trailhead: The Crags/Devils Playground
- Round trip: 7.3 miles / 11.7 km (winter mileage)
- Elevation: 9,665′ – 10,856′ / 2,946m – 3,309m
- County: El Paso
- Agency: U.S. Forest Service
- Nat’l Forest: Pike
GPS Route with Elevation
Take the clear and well-used path over a bridge and through the forest.
After climbing for 1/2 mile you will see the trail junction with the Devil’s Playground #664A, stay to the left on 664 to The Crags.
Continue following Fourmile Creek northeast through a valley. The trail will be wooded at first, but will eventually open up into a meadow with views of rocky cliffs and the rough western flank of Pikes Peak.
During the last 1/2 mile the trail re-enters the forest and gains elevation as it turns north along a small ridge.
The trail ends on the top of a rocky outcropping with excellent views all around.