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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    
2009-02-22 Feb 21 2009. The road leading up to Rocky Mtn Mennonite Camp is passable by any passenger car. From there to the trailhead I would recommend 4WD. Road leading to and the parking lot itself are completely covered in snow. We had an Xtera and were using 4-LO in 3rd gear. Expect a completely snow covered route from the Mennonite camp to the trailhead. jonamdnn         
2009-01-01 Road is plowed to Rocky Mountain Camp. From there the final 1.5 miles to the TH requires 4WD on well packed snow/ice. Phill the Thrill         
2008-06-15 6-12-08. Crags Campground is open. Any car could drive up the completely snow-free road. asingal         
2008-06-11 6-11-08 Campground still closed but there is plenty of parking along the road just outside the campground locked gate. gregpeak         
2008-06-08 Campground closed but I didn‘t see any trees down or logging trucks. lodidodi         
2008-06-03 They were still hauling trees away today (6-3-0 and the campground was closed. The person I talked to said it wouldn‘t be open through this week, but I didn‘t ask about the weekend. PeakMasterFlex         
2008-05-31 The road is clear all the way to the Crags campground, but the campground is closed due to "hazard tree removal." The alternate parking spot adds about .5 mile to the trip. Lamewad         
2008-05-19 last update still current, the road is free of snow and passable by any car. J2TheZ         
2008-05-04 The road is completely free of snow and passable by any car. Crags Campground itself is closed for tree fall mitigation, and not sure when it will reopen. There is parking about 500 feet before the entrance to the campground which I and many others used on Saturday. Kojones         
2008-04-05 The road is open all the way to the campground, however the FS is doing some "tree maintenance", so the campground and clos in parking is not available. The road is probably passable in a higher clearance 2WD with some great care, but a 4WD would be recommended. It‘s pretty sloppy in the afternoon. covfrrider         
2008-01-21 Road is plowed past the campground, parking available 50 yards below the campground turnoff. 4WD not required, but snow-tires highly recommended. Scott Rogers         
2007-11-26 The dirt road off Hwy. 67 is still passable, though mostly snow covered (a few inches only). Cars have to be parked before the campground as it is closed for maintenance. That results in an extra walking distance of about 3/10 mile each way. wooddweller         
2007-07-04 Things are good to go here. A standard passenger car will make it just fine. You may need to slow down for a few potholes. Spacelepor         
2007-06-19 My low Honda Accord made it. After the Menonite camp the road gets worse, lots of potholes and dips that I had to avoid. JohnnyZ         
2007-06-05 Yes road is dry and passable to the trailhead, just watch out for the big ass pothole about 75-80 yards from the TH goin in, it pretty much takes up the whole road, go slow and you'll be alright. lordhelmut         
2007-05-19 Crags Campground is open. You could drive your Geo Metro up the road. Completely snow-free and any car could make it up. ScottN         
2007-04-22 I did a hike in the area and decided to see if the road to the Crags TH is passable. You will still need 4WD as there is still around a foot of snow on the road with deep ruts. The snow begins about 1/2 mile past the Mennonite camp. Early in the morning it will be very icy in spots. I would expect it to melt out in a week or two barring any significant storms. Kevin Baker         
2007-03-20 Road is open just beyond the Mennonite Camp. Impassable beyond there. Many people have tried though and gotten stuck. No one maintains beyond that point anymore until the campground opens up for the summer. CO Native         
2007-03-06 As of 03/03/07 There is still tons of snow on the trail from the Menonnite campground. There's a parking area a little ways up the trail from the M. campground, where the plow stops, i guess. From there, even if you have 4WD, there's a very high likelihood you'll be completely stuck, very quickly. The snow is very stomped down tho, so traveling by foot is easy, you can go w/o snowshoes up to Crags TH. From there, snowshoes are neccesary. DTM         
2007-01-02 Lots 'o snow. The road leading to the trailhead is plowed to about 1/2 mile past the Mennonite camp. From there people are parking and hiking the rest of the way to the trailhead so get an extra early start if you plan on taking this route. jmd_10         
2006-10-23 TH is still accessible by any vehicle, though snow is on the road so good tires would be a good idea. CO Native         
2006-04-19 The road is clear all the way to the campground. There might be some mud from snow runoff in the afternoon. Starkey         
2006-02-18 Any car with good tires can make it to the campground. Getting through the campground would take a 4X4 CO Native         
2005-10-31 A lot of new snow fell on October 30th. Reaching the TH is probably not possible in regular passenger cars, I would suspect Subarus and other AWD cars with decent clearance can still make it. CO Native         
2005-10-13 Recent snows have made the road muddy and messy. May be difficult in low clearance 2wd cars now. CO Native         

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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