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Crags Campground Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Pikes Peak
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the trailhead.
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.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-12-26 Summited pikes via crags on Xmas day. 4x4 recommended. Don‘t even try in a 2wd sedan. I stayed the night last night there and 4 more inches fell over night up there. I saw two failed attempts by 2wds trying to come up the road BEFORE the Mennonite camp. It might get plowed later today tho,but it wasnt this morning. blakhawk         
2014-12-20 As expected, the road was plowed up to the end of the Mennonite camp property. After that there were nice worn-in tire tracks to follow through the snow all the way to the TH parking. Made it there no problem in my AWD Ford Escape and there was an AWD Outback sedan in the parking area as well. mikemalick         
2014-11-27 Made it easily in my Honda Civic. mrschaible         
2014-04-27 Arrival to trailead at 6am had several inches of snow on the road the entire way to TH. By afternoon departure, much of the snow on road had melted. Driveable entire way without any issues, slippery on the way out. Without any new snow, this road and probably parking lot will be 100% clear in the next day or so (my two-cents). Photos of trail and peak are in Peak Conditions report (same date). MissH         
2014-04-26 The drive up was great today. Most of the snow has melted off, so it was wetter than anything else. A couple of snowy spots where the ruts can still be seen, but those were no more than 3inches deep I saw a number of smaller 2WD vehicles parked at campsites and at the Crag‘s parking area. ebeye         
2014-03-28 Ditto what irregular_shed said. Has not snowed here in awhile. Drove to TH in stock 4WD GMC Yukon w/o problem. Saw Honda Accord (probably took some skill) and Subaru Outback at TH. Would not recommend leaving the ruts w/o 4WD. jeffth5    2      
2014-03-22 Road is plowed (great condition) to the first parking lot 1/2 mile after the Mennonite camp. Beyond that lot, there are 6-8" ruts in the snow which go down to the gravel. Any high clearance vehicle should have no problems making it all the way to the final parking lot, as long as you don‘t leave the ruts. Saw a Subaru Outback in the final parking lot. irregular_shed         
2014-03-08 Road was plowed to lower parking lot past Mennonite Camp. Past the P/L road was double rutted with about 1 ft of snow in middle. Made it to the Crags P/L in a Nissan Pathfinder. Snow was about 1 1/2 ft in P/L. Lots of people were parking in lower lot and snowshoeing & skiing up to the Crags. dwaits         
2014-02-16 I was up there last night for full-moon climb of Pikes. The road is plowed ~0.5 mile past the Mennonite Camp, then becomes dual track ruts. The track was incredibly icy...really, was like a luge run. I ran into a dug up mess that I was too timid to drive through, especially with a large rut nearly going off the road. I backed up ~250 feet to the "parking lot" for those low trailheads, and began walking the ~1 mile to the Crags TH. I soon came upon a flat-bed tow truck doing a 24-point turn around...soon after that was a full-sized pickup, hopelessly stuck. The guys had been out there since 3:00 pm...it was now 9:00 pm. Past them, the track had many spots with spruce boughs and heavily milled snow...a lot of people had problems. For now, park low, stay unstuck, it‘s just a 20-minute walk to the Crags parking lot. Crestoner         
2014-01-12 Road is in good shape. Anything with decent clearance should be able to make it to the TH Jay521    1      
2013-11-09 Clear of snow but icy. Should be good for any 2wd vehicle. mrschaible         
2013-09-21 Went up in a Chevy Tracker looking for fall colors. No major road damage and most of the potholes can be driven around or straddled over. I felt I could have gotten my Prius up the trail. I was able to go all the way up to the turn around past the campgrounds. spartan7mg         
2013-07-27 Road to campground has a few potholes, several washboards, and a few exposed rocks. Was able to get to the TH just fine with a 2WD Nissan Altima with no problems. The road is narrow in some spots, and occasionally barely enough room for two cars passing each other. Take it slow and you should be fine. vwaldoguy         
2013-05-18 Road is clear to the trailhead. tmathews    3 1    
2013-04-21 Fresh snow on the way in, muddy on the way out. No high clearance needed, a 2wd could make it. MissH         
2013-04-06 Road was dry to the Mennonite Camp, some ice/snow on the way to the Crags TH. The tire ruts are shrinking and manageable. Only saw 4WD vehicles at the TH. I imagine a 2 WD car could make it the TH but that will all change with Monday nights forecasted storm. rleclair         
2013-03-20 The road to the trailhead was snow covered after the Mennonite church. It wasn‘t too slick but ruts had been made by the tires that made it hard for low sitting cars to pass. We were in a 4 door sedan and had to pull off before the trailhead to park because another car was stuck and blocking the road ahead. Coming back down from the mountain, we came across another sedan stuck in nearly the same spot and were able to push them out. If you don‘t have 4wd and have a low sitting car, the road may be passable, but be extremely careful. It may be best to just park a little lower and add a couple of miles to your hike. rscanlon         
2013-03-11 Got to the Trailhead just fine in a 4Runner. Saw somebody else drive up in an AWD Audi sedan and somebody else make it in a 2wd old Mazda sedan with studded tires. The road is well plowed and clear up to the Mennonite camp and a little snow packed beyond that. Any vehicle should be able to make it to the camp, but beyond that I wouldn’t try it without 4wd. kylerhuss         
2013-03-01 You can still get to the parking area just below the campground. The road is a two track on packed snow. There was a good amount of new snow so you want to stay in the tracks generally. The parking area has a good amount of snow and is pretty chewed up snowwise. There is packed trails going to Pikes Peak and to the Crags. We did the short hike to 10940. The snow on the steeper section towards the top had 15-18"of snow. piper14er    3      
2013-02-10 The road to the trailhead is snowpacked but easily passable as a long as you have decent tires. 2wd cars could make it. More snow coming though so things may change. CO Native         
2013-01-26 Road is still in decent shape. From the Mennonite Retreat area, the road is primarily hardpacked snow all the way to the TH parking. I had my Tacoma in 4WD for that section. All of the vehicles in the Crags parking lot were 4WD or AWD. On my way out, I saw an AWD passenger car and a large truck having some difficulty on one of the steeper grades. Crestoner         
2013-01-16 Road is clear. Made it easily with my Prius. mrschaible         
2012-12-02 There is very little to no moisture on the road and any car can make it all the way to the trailhead. offman         
2012-11-12 the road past the Rocky Mountain Camp is snowpacked all the way to the TH, it‘s minimal, but a 2WD may not get up there, it‘s a little slippery on some of the little more steep parts of the road, we had to get in to 4WD after we had some trouble making a slightly more steep section of the road. boudreaux         
2012-11-02 The road up to the parking lot is mostly dirt, couple small snow/ice patches. Vangrove         

The trailhead parking area in 2010 (the fence should be done this summer) (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-02)The trail starts to the right of the restrooms (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-02)Start of the trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-02)The trail starts with a stream crossing on a great bridge (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-02)

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