• Activities:

    Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    7.9 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1379 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

This hike is located about 45 minutes outside of Colorado Springs. Its almost an 8 mile hike that leads to some really cool rock formations on the back of Pikes Peak. This trail also has some great views of Divide, and the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range.

As you drive past Mueller state park (on the right), about 1/4 mile down the road you will see a small wooden sign for "The Crags" You will take a left there and follow the road about 1.5 miles, past the first stop, which is the Raspberry Mountain Trailhead, until you come to a fork in the road at the Mennonite camp. Once you're there, take a right at the fork and follow the road for about 1/2 mile until you reach the first parking lot. You can try and brave the road from here, which leads to a second parking lot about a mile up, which is the start of the trailhead. That is if you have a 4 wheel drive and are feeling gutsy. From the first parking lot you will walk a mile on the road and come to a porta potty. Once there take a left and you're on the trail! You'll follow that about for about a mile and the trail will fork, STAY LEFT! You'll follow the trail after the fork for about 2 miles, trekking through some meadows and forest to the top!

Pack List

  • Water, lots of water
  • Snowshoes (optional, but recommended)
  • Multiple, quickly removable layers
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Beautiful hike! Elevation gain was most difficult at the beginning and the end. Actual mileage of hike is approximately 5 miles. Took a little over 2 hours for us.

3 months ago
3 months ago

My wife and I spent a few nights at the Crags Campground, which is just at the start of the trailhead, in August 2016. The hike was manageable for us out-of-towners who weren't used to the elevation, but the last half mile was more difficult with more elevation gain. The view from the top was well worth the effort though!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike with a refreshingly different view of Pikes Peak. Definitely would have been easier with some light crampons, but doable without. Also is very dog friendly. Thanks for posting!!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This hike was awesome- very easy while still offering some phenomenal views! The mileage suggested on the adventure is 7.9 miles, yet I believe that the actual trail was no more than 5 miles. Nonetheless, try to do this hike in the morning, as thunderstorms are bound to roll around in the afternoon!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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