The Crags – Divide, Colorado

The Crags - Divide Colorado - Rock FormationTrail: The Crags

Directions: Highway 24 to Divide, Colorado. At Divide, turn South on highway 67 and continue for 4.3 miles. Turn left at the sign for The Crags Campground (forest service road #383). Follow this road until there is a left turn into the campground (about five miles). Just to let you know, this road is not for low clearance vehicles, but we did make it in a front wheel drive car. Go to the end of this road to a parking lot and the trail head. (There are some posts that state that the campground now has a $3.00 fee. There is a new parking lot just for hikers that is free. It’s on the right before you reach the campground area. Don’t know how true this is, but letting you know.)

General Information:

Terrain: I would call The Crags an easy trail for those living at higher elevations. For the lowlanders (like me) it is more of a moderate because of the elevation gain. The majority of the trail is flat, but near the end, it begins an incline and gains elevation. The elevation gain is worth it, because of the fantastic view at the top.

Distance: 3.5-4 miles – Out and backThe Crags - Divide Colorado - Spiral Tree

Elevation Gain: 630 ft – most of that is near the end.

Family Oriented: Yes, nice trail for kids.

Dogs Allowed: Yes, must be on a leash.

Hiking Fees: $3.00 for campground parking.

About: The Crags beginning is mostly flat with just a slight incline. There are high walls on both sides. There is a fork in the trail at about the 3/4 mile point. The trail to the left also takes you to The Crags, just the southern end of them, so stay to the right. Near the end of the trail it starts to rise steeply in elevation. The end of the trail is at a beautiful overlook.

The Hike: We arrived around 10:00 in the morning at the beginning of October. The weather was great, lower 40s at the start and clear skies. There were just a few people on the trail. One couple had their dog with them.

The Crags - Divide Colorado - The Incredible ViewWhen we were at the one mile mark, there were some white birds that landed right on the trail in front of us and then behind us. It seemed like we were in the Hitchcock movie “The Birds”. Well, after doing some research when we returned home, it turned out that some of the hikers had been feeding them and they were looking for handouts. I have also read on another post that there are aggressive or forward chipmunks at the overlook section. (Please do not feed any wild animals on the trail. This leads to dependence on humans for their food. And possibly a host of other problems.)

The rock formations and cliff walls all along the trail are magnificent. Boulders abound.100 Classic Hikes in Colorado - Second Edition

Total time on the trails was about 3 hours, although my wife and I did take our time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. We both highly recommend The Crags trail to anyone just starting hiking or those with more experience. It is a great way to spend a few hours engrossed in nature.

For more information about this hike and others around Colorado, check out 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado-Second Edition.

Hoping your next hike is Relaxing, Safe and Inspiring,

Russell

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One Response to “The Crags – Divide, Colorado”

  1. Seth Meyer says:

    A great hike with the family! We had a great time and hike the Crags at least once per year! While at the top, I took a 360 panoramic. Enjoy!

    http://www.360degreesofkc.com/gallery/gallery.php?id=5

    Seth Meyer