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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    
2012-11-02 The road up to the parking lot is mostly dirt, couple small snow/ice patches. Vangrove         
2012-10-20 The road to the trailhead is still completely dry and passable to all cars. George Kaplan         
2012-08-31 About a half mile or so past the ranch on the right is the dirt road where you turn left to get to the trailhead. There will be a small brown sign that indicates where to turn. The road all the way to trailhead was very good. Easy for any vehicle to make it to the parking lot. Adventure Seeker         
2012-04-23 I hiked Pikes Peak yesterday and the road is open all the way to the campground, however, the campground is still closed. Plenty of primitive camping available on the road up and any 2WD vehicle can make it. zombiewolf         
2012-04-04 I haven‘t been there... but that area probably got a foot of snow on Mon/Tues, heavy wet stuff. Pikes Peak was totally white this morning. JQDivide         
2012-03-31 The road was much better today. Several 2-wheel drive cars at the TH, but there are still a few bad spots. Half the snow/ice as last weekend on the road. There are about five camp sites set up along the road in the dispersed camping areas. JQDivide         
2012-03-27 Pretty similar story. Camry drove up there no problems in the morning on hard frozen snow, but it turned to slush by the afternoon and had to let her rip to get out of there. I seemed to have more success if I rolled down the windows and blasted Tom Petty. Your results may vary. Benji the Hunted    2      
2012-03-24 The road to the Craggs TH is iffy at best. Clear to the Menonite Camp, but after that, 4Wheel Drive or AWD is your best bet. Deep tire rutts, frozen solid in the morning--slushy and unstable in the afternoon. Saw one car stuck on the way in. Its one lane, no room to pass, without worry of sliding into a ditch. With that said, there was a Ford Focus at the TH, dont know how they made it. Several peopel parked after the Menonite Tent Camp Ground before it got too bad, then walked that extra distance. But with this warm weather were having in Teller County, that road might be pretty clear by next weekend. Recommend at tow rope and or a shovel, just in case. JQDivide         
2012-03-24 4wd needed. 6 inch snow ruts. Frozen in the morning then turning to wet slush. Stay on the road.From the snow tracks several people had difficulty possibly 2wd. Made it no problem with a Toyota Highlander fepic1         
2012-03-10 Made it to the summer TH with 4WD. It‘s probably not a good idea to attempt it without 4WD. There are really only a couple of places where it‘s safe to pull-off and allow another vehicle to pass and if you slip even a bit off of the road you‘re going to be digging and pushing yourself out. There were several spots where we saw tree branches on the ground where people were using them for traction. Take a shovel just in case. The snow between vehicles‘ tire tracks is a bit deep, so you‘ll probably only want to attempt to get there if your vehicle has a good amount of ground clearance. tmathews         
2012-03-04 Drove up to the new TH in a GMC Accadia AWD. Road was clear (dirt) up to the Mennonite Camp. After the camp it was packed snow/ice with room only for one car. There were a few points where I was scraping the bottom of the truck and had to make sure I stayed in the tracks. Definitely want something with clearance and bigger tires past the pull off. Road past the TH to the campground didn‘t look passable. nevergoshort         
2012-02-26 LOST Avalanche Shovel - yellow metal, BCA brand. Contains probe in handle. Please contact Nate at 719-306-4708 with any information. Was lost between TH and treeline along Devil‘s Playground trail. Thanks! (TH is in fine shape and accessible if you have 4WD - just stay in the tracks.) treefrog2005         
2012-01-22 Drove to TH in my 2wd. No problems except once beyond the Mennonite camp there are very few places to pass. Dont try to do it anywhere other than a well packed pull out. Plenty of evidence of those that have made that mistake and had to work hard to get out. My brother drove all the way to the trailhead in his Honda Civic last weekend. CO Native  1       
2012-01-21 Went up in a 2002 KIA Sportage, which isnt the greatest in the snow, despite having 4WD. No problems getting to the trailhead; the road is packed snow. Again, 2WD could probably have made it up, as long the clearance of the car isnt too low (there is some powder between the wheel wells on the road). dannyrehn         
2012-01-15 Same as before - plowed to the Mennonite camp and good ruts the rest of the way to the trailhead. 4 wheel drive will have no problem and front wheel drive with medium ground clearance should make it OK. Jay521         
2012-01-04 Road up to the Mennonite camp is plowed, past that the road has been packed by enough cars to be drivable, but the shoulders and center of the road are still soft and you can see evidence of quite a few cars that have been stuck since the big snowfall. 4WD is advised, but I was able to make it up a to the TH with my Rav4 without any issues. jake miraldi         
2011-12-25 Road is OK up to Mennonite Camp. After that, chains needed. 10 cars stuck today in snow, including some with 4WD/AWD. Park down low and snowshoe up. Risanovo         
2011-12-08 Road to Trailhead is hard packed and slick. Just watch shoulders when pulling over for occassional oncoming - they look innocent but suck vehicles into good&stuck mode. Microspikes came in handy from the Trailhead to Devil‘s playground. Vangrove         
2011-11-20 The road to the Crags TH is drivable on packed snow/ice. We used 4x4 but it may not have been necessary. The trail itself to Devil‘s Playground and to the summit was packed and snowshoes are not needed at this time. We carried micro-spikes but did not need them either. d_baker         
2011-11-07 Trailhead is still driveable with 2wd vehicles that have decent tires and moderate clearance. I drove a 2wd Patriot up there and had no issues at all. Cars with very low clearance will drag bottom. CO Native  1       
2011-10-24 Clear of all snow, but that will change with the coming storm on Tuesday! mrschaible         
2011-09-16 Road is in great shape after the recent rains. No problems in a 2wd car. mrschaible         
2011-07-26 The road to the trailhead is one of the smoothest, best roads to a trailhead I have been on so far. No vehicle should have any trouble getting to parking area. While the parking area is large, I can see it filling up quickly on the weekends. Clean vault toilet facilities are available. huffy13         
2011-07-06 Easy dirt road all the way to the trail head and any car should be able to make it just fine. tmccormack         
2011-05-20 Road and parking lot were damp, but free of all snow. Any car should be fine! Theodore         

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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