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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    
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         
2009-09-23 As of 11:30 today, about 5 inches of snow on the access road to the campground; about 7 inches at the start of the trail. I got a 4wd KIA Sportage to the campground with no problems; campground gate was unlocked. Coming out had to help a young couple and their dog in a 2wd car turn around at the first small hill pass the Mennonite Camp as they could not make it up the hill. AlabamaTLC         
2009-09-11 Lots of construction vehicles at the new parking area. Park to the inside side of the parking area to avoid getting boxed in by the construction equipment. ColoNativeinPA         
2009-08-17 ***Major Changes to trailhead*** The forest service has now built a parking lot for hikers before the campground on the right side of the road. If parking here cross the road and look for a bridge across the creek. Follow this trail to where it intersects the Crags trail. Almost immediately after joining the Crags trail will be the intersection to turn right and cross another bridge to head up towards Devil‘s Playground and Pikes Peak. The original parking lot is still available for use but costs $5 a day and they are stepping up enforcement of this fee. CO Native         
2009-06-28 Road seems mostly well-graded now and fine for all passenger cars. There are a few odd pot-holes and ruts along the way that can be easily driven around. George Kaplan         
2009-06-09 The road to the trailhead is clear, but rough in spots. Cars can get to the trailhead with careful driving. CO Native         
2009-05-03 My 4Runner made it up to Crags today and many other 4WDs. A few more weeks and cars will be able to make it up there. BAUMGARA         
2009-05-01 Road isn‘t plowed beyond the Rocky Mountain Campground, but a 4wd can get within half a mile or so of the TH. A lifted truck made it all the way to the TH. astrobassman         
2009-04-23 4/23/09 Crags Road is vehicle passable only to parking lot just beyond Menonite Camp. About 2‘ snow base beyond. Add 1.25 mi. shoe/ski into campground and to trailhead. Vangrove         
2009-04-13 A storm last night dumped over 1 ft of snow on the road. Some cars made it to 1/4 mile before the Crags Campground, but it looks like the campground won‘t be accessible for a while now, unless we get a warm front. fox_inthesnow         
2009-03-25 terrible conditions our 4 wheel drive truck almost got stuck in all the snow Kyle the climber         
2009-03-21 3/21/09 No problem getting up to the trailhead. Some occasional snow that turned soft on our return trip. There were about 10 cars up at the trailhead when we left most with 4 wheel drive. PDMeier         
2009-03-01 The road is a sheet of ice starting one mile below the lower parking area (about 0.5 miles past the Rocky Mountain Camp). There were many 4WD vehicles parked above and at the campground but my civic couldn‘t gain traction so we hoofed it. Papillon         
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         

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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