Crags Campground Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 38.87359, -105.12375
14ers: Pikes Peak
Elevation: 10,000'
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Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the trailhead.

Driving Directions

Take U.S. 24 to Divide. Turn south onto Colorado 67 and drive 4.1 miles. Near a ranch, turn left onto a dirt road and follow it 3.0 miles to the trailhead. As of 2010, this is the new location of the trailhead. The old trailhead (0.3 miles higher) is being phased out and is not recommended unless you are camping at the Crags Campground. If you are, continue 0.1 mile farther up the road, turn left to enter the campground. At the far end of the campground there is access to the trail.

Winter Access

Usually closed about 1.5 miles up but depends on winter conditions.

More Info

Parking: Room for 50 vehicles
Camping: Crags campground is nearby. Dispersed camping is NOT allowed along the road or near the parking area.
Restrooms? Yes
Fees? No
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: gwright
Info: Crags campground is open. The trail from campground is littered with fallen trees for the first mile making a difficult navigation by headlamp.
Posted By: marksilas
Info: Gate just above the church camp was open on 5/31. Road up to the main Crags TH was dry.
Posted By: JQDivide
Info: Gate was still closed today.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: The road up to the gate was fine, parking was plentiful! The gate is closed. The road past the gate is also clear/dry. The men’s bathroom is unlocked at the summer TH, but no TP. Womens bathroom is locked.
Posted By: AndrewJCraigie
Info: Gate to the campground still closed - not much snow on the road up to the gate. A bit muddy by the end of the day.
Posted By: madmattd
Info: No issues to the Mennonite Camp - dirt and a shallow amount of packed snow/ice. The short stretch past the camp to the gate (~1/4mi) had not been plowed since the last snow storm(s) - 4-5" of light, fluffy snow on the road with only a couple sets of tire tracks through it. FWD and snow-rated tires was sufficient, but marginal in the lot itself. By the end of the day, enough vehicle traffic had come through to flatten out most of the snow on the road and by the gate, so it should be fine now. Lots of room for parking.
Posted By: ssowalskie
Info: The road to the gate is pretty well-maintained right now, with only a light amount of snow present. Parking available for probably 10 cars, maybe more. The restrooms at the actual campground are closed.
Posted By: mtn14
Info: The dirt road leading to the winter trailhead might be one of the best maintained roads in the state. Maybe I just happened to go on a good day, but its a nice dirt road.
Posted By: Jay521
Info: Gate is closed.
Posted By: Jim Davies
Info: According to the Forest Service, the "No Parking" signs by the gate will be removed when the gate closes for the season (around December 1st).
Posted By: elevatedtv
Info: Winter gate and TH parking still open (Crags Campground). Compact snow and ice in places starting about a mile in, AWD vehicles should be fine. This may change soon w upcoming storm cycles.
Posted By: johngorman31
Info: There are now "No Parking" signs all around the winter closure gate. I spoke with the Forest Service and they confirmed that any parking at the gate is not allowed. The nearby Mennonite camp is also known to tow any unauthorized vehicles that park on their property. The FS person I talked to said that technically any spot not marked "No Parking," not blocking the road or a gate, and not on Mennonite camp land is a legal parking spot. So winter access is still possible if you can find a legal spot and you’re willing to add the miles to your round trip.

But for now, the winter gate is still open and there is thin snow cover on the road above the Mennonite camp.
Posted By: bfaulkne
Info: The gate is still open to the summer trailhead, but the road is covered in snow beyond the Mennonite Camp. I imagine 2wd could probably still make it as the snow is not very deep, but chains might be helpful.
Posted By: Evan_Hikes
Info: Clear all the way to the trailhead, a sedan could make this without hesitation. A few handfuls of cars by 5:00, fairly full when returning at 1:30.
Posted By: ultrarungreg97
Info: Just there on 8/1 - Monday. There was plenty of parking at the trailhead at 6:30 am. Road still smooth getting to the trailhead. Bathrooms were clean!
Posted By: Jim Davies
Info: The road was just graded, and is smooth enough for any vehicle (for now).
Posted By: rower
Info: Conditions were good, Campground was clean. Weather was cold.
Posted By: jmfb3
Info: Open and clear of any snow
Posted By: solson_ski
Info: Gate is open
Posted By: lacabra
Info: Road closed at the winter gate at 38.8872778,-105.1354109: right after the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, where there is a small parking for about 10 cars. The remaining road is covered with a couple of inches of hardpacked snow in the morning, which turns slushy in the afternoon (see picture). I was able to ride a small motorcycle to the trailhead possibly also doable with a mountain bike with fat tires to save those 1.1 miles each way to the trailhead.
Posted By: pgres
Info: Road closed 1.1 miles from trailhead. Limited parking.
Posted By: JQDivide
Info: Gate is now closed for the winter.
Posted By: soundchaser2112
Info: The gate is still open and there is about an inch of snow on the road. My Kia Rio made it up alright
Posted By: mtnmike
Info: Crags trailhead still accessible by any vehicle. Little bit of snow on the road but its packed down and wont be an issue.
Posted By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Crags road is still in good shape with no snow or ice causing a problem yet. Even 2wd should have no problems at all.
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