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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    
2011-02-10 The road is plowed just beyond the Menonite Camp, to the lower parking area on the right. From there to the new TH parking, I was able to make it in an AWD SUV. Edit: There‘s about a foot of new snow with this recent storm. Track is now in to the bowl. See Conditions thread. Dancesatmoonrise         
2011-02-03 The new trailhead is probably still accessible by 2wd as of today, although a few inches of snow fell. It get packed down pretty quick with heavy use. Kevin Baker         
2011-01-25 Road is open and driveable by a 2wd Toyota Prius mrschaible         
2011-01-15 Mostly packed snow with some exposed dirt. No problem for AWD/4WD, probably doable in 2WD. Crags trail is also packed, no need for snowshoes. New trailhead is now well signed and has FS restrooms. GeorgeB         
2010-12-26 Crags Road is slight snow pack and down to dirt in places, easily drivable to new trailhead before the campground. I did the trail to Devil‘s Playground at Pikes Peak Highway today. Booted it all the way. Had micro-spikes but never used them. Vangrove         
2010-12-24 Essentially no snow on the road. Traction devices may be helpful, but not required. geosean         
2010-12-22 Still good! Only a little bit of packed snow. Straus         
2010-12-08 Crags road is still clear to the new TH. 2WD might even still get there. Still no need for snowshoes. Just a few icy spots here and there, but Microspikes/Yaktrax would be overkill right now. Kevin Baker         
2010-12-05 Road to TH covered in snow, 4x4 ideal, trail is covered in snow until timberline, rest of trail is fairly clear. Suppose to warm up this week, so road may get better. hillbillyMOUNTAINEER  1       
2010-12-02 Road is snow packed and easily drivable to the (new) parking lot and trailhead, just before The Grags Campground. Slippery, but not enough snow yet to get stuck in the pull-offs. Be cautious - watch out for those who are less experienced at driving up & down a one lane winter road! Vangrove         
2010-11-28 Still able to drive to TH, barely any snow, so snowshoes can be left behind. Brought micro-spikes for the hike up to the summit of Pikes, but did not need them either. d_baker         
2010-06-19 The trail is dry (no snow or mud) all the way to the top. Concur that passenger cars can easily make it to the trailhead. Happy climbing. P.S. The bathrooms now have toilet paper. ricoch3t         
2010-05-23 Ditto on previous post. Dry and clear all the way to the TH parking lot. A few areas of pot holes, but a passenger car could easily make it. Bathrooms are open and clean, but no toilet paper yet. Still a post holing haven (knee to hip deep) to 11K. Snowshoes helped some, but was still pretty miserable in the afternoon. IHikeLikeAGirl         
2010-05-20 Road is clear all the way to upper trailhead parking lot. Trail is post hole action as low as 11K‘, recommend snow shoes. Vangrove         
2010-05-08 Went up Saturday, May 8th. The road is a breeze - no problems of any kind - all the way to Mennonite Camp. Beyond that, however, there was snow on the ground almost the whole way, and the tire tracks in some areas looked to be about 6"+ or deeper. A 4WD with high clearance will handle the road all the way to the parking lot without any problems. A 2WD with low clearance might get stuck or slip. I wouldn‘t recommend beyond Mennonite to anyone with these kinds of vehicles. The weather has been relatively warm in the Divide area the past few days, though, and looks to continue the same through the rest of this week. Maybe some of that snow will melt away by the coming weekend. -54s 54summits         
2010-04-12 Plowed to the winter parking lot, snow covered after that with lots of evidence of people getting stuck and digging out. CO Native  2       
2010-04-05 Went up Sunday (4/4) in a Jeep Liberty Sport. The road to the Rocky Mountain Camp is snow free and mostly dry, with many potholes. The next 0.5 mi is snow packed with some deep tire ruts and little option to avoid them. We parked ~1 mi shy of the Crags Campground entrance (in March I drove all the way to the CG). We attempted to go further, but had to back down as the risk of getting stuck was too great. Only one other truck went ~.25 mi further before parking. No other vehicles had driven the road beyond that since the last snowstorm. Snow depths on the side of the road were at 2‘. The road to the TH has a packed down path from back country enthusiasts. Snowshoes were not needed to hike the road. IHikeLikeAGirl         
2010-03-03 The road to the trailhead is driveable for a 4WD vehicle if you take it slow. The last time I was up there on 2/6/10, I ended up winching out three vehicles. I imagine this is a common scene on weekends. If you drive up there, DO NOT attempt to drive to the trailhead inside the campground. I did and got stuck on the beforementioned date. Fortunately, I was able to winch myself out. Most of the road can be driven on, but there is little or no room to turn around at the end near the restrooms. If you want to attempt it, you better have a winch or $500, which is what I believe a towing company in Divide charges to pull you out. Also, keep in mind that weekends tend to be busy. If you can‘t safely back up without getting too close to the sides of the road, you have no business being up there because there are very few places that vehicles can pass side-by-side. Yes, vehicles going uphill technically have the right-of-way, but use common sense. Pay attention to areas that you see that will allow you to safely let vehicles pass and if you are closer to one, offer to back-up. Please, please do not try and drive around a stuck vehicle. Two of the three vehicles that I winched out on 2/6 was because someone thought he could do just that. Yesterday (3/3/10), a Dodge Durango must‘ve been going too fast and slid off the road not too far from the Mennonite camp. Somehow, he was able to call some friends in Colorado Springs to come and get him, but I had to wait for half an hour. tmathews  1       
2010-01-02 The road is snow-packed but easily negotiated all the way to the campground. We were able to park just past the entrance to the campground. comin2getcha         
2009-12-12 Road is snow-packed, icy. Passable with all vehicles up to the new parking area before the campground. Always a problem with this one lane path getting around uncoming vehicles, so may be faster & easier parking just past Menonite Camp and hoofing the 20 minutes up. Feel free to email me any day for current condition updates. Vangrove         
2009-11-06 Road is passable all the way to the large parking area just north of campground entrance. Many people have made it but there is also a lot of evidence of people getting stuck(big ruts/holes in the snow). Ford Mustang was blocking my path after getting stuck early in the morning but met someone in a Toyota Tundra who made it after the Mustang was moved. Road is hairy in spots and chains wouldn‘t hurt! One more good snow should close this road past the Mennonite camp. abell_m09         
2009-10-31 The road is unplowed and impassable beyond the Menonite Camp. Park at the pull-off just where the plowing stops. If you think you won‘t get good-and-stuck beyond, you will. Doesn‘t matter if there are vehicle tracks or not. Don‘t risk spending your time trying to get unstuck, or helping others do same. Enjoy your day and add the extra 20 minute hike up to the trailhead. Vangrove         
2009-10-23 High clearance vehicle advised if you are wanting to drive all the way to the TH. Subaru outback made it to about 1.2 miles from the TH. Later on in the day some high clearance vehicles made tracks so it might be passable now, but still had a good amount of snow on the upper portion past the Mennonite camp. sevenvii         
2009-10-18 As of 10/17, the road to the trailhead is completely free of snow and ice. George Kaplan         
2009-09-30 9/29/2009 Road was totally clear and in good condition. The worst part is just after the cattle guard near highway 67. A bit potholed but easy to handle going slow and picking a good line. No snow on the road at all. Gate to the campground is still open. 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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