With its gentle grades and unsurpassed mountain beauty,
The Crags Trail (FS Trail 664), may be the perfect day
hike in the Pikes Peak region. The trail slowly climbs up a
subalpine valley below high summits, offering all the exposure and views of a full-fledged mountain ascent, but your
thighs and lungs won’t feel the burn like they would if you
climbed neighboring 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. The valley
the trail winds up is beautiful in summer, with wildflower-
strewn meadows, warm temperatures, and plentiful wildlife.
Take your time on this hike.
Although the trail is relatively easy, its starting elevation is 10,040 feet and it ends at 10,800 feet. If you’re coming from sea level, watch for altitude sickness, including headache and nausea. On summer afternoons, watch for severe thunderstorms with lightning moving across The Crags. Carry a raincoat and retreat to your car if you see incoming bad weather. Drinking water is available at the campground.
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