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Devils Playground from the Crags

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A good hike up the side of Pikes Peak to some interesting Rock formations.
Near:Divide, CO
Distance:6.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2800 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: From the parking lot you will see the sign for the Crags trailhead. Begin hiking down this trail. After a tenth of a mile you will see a sign on the right labeling trail 664A take this trail across a log bridge and begin your ascent. This trail will take you into a basin at the base of the peak, then it will aggressively gain elevation up to Devil's Playground. Parts of this trail are loose rock, but a group called Friends of the Peak are working on making this trail much more sustainable. As you ascend this steep section you will begin to get views of the Sawatch Range, Tenmile Range, Mosquito Range, and even the Sangre de Cristo Range. Take your time though as this hike is steep at times and reaches 13,000 feet of elevation.
Trailhead: From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 West to the town of Divide. In Divide turn South on highway 67 and go south for 4.3 miles. Look for a sign on the left for the turn to the Crags Campground. Follow this road for 3.5 miles to the Crags Campground. Turn into the campground and follow the road all the way to the loop at the end. There is no fee to park here for access to the trailhead, however if you use any of the Day-use or camping facilities you must pay a fee back at the entry gate. (Lat:38.87135 Lon:-105.11966)
Trail Guides for Devils Playground from the Crags:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pikes Peak Ranger District (719) 636-1602
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted  97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Quincy on 7/18/2011
This description says "This trail will take you into a basin at the base of the peak". It should say "This trail begins off steep, gets steeper, and then gets really steep as you climb to a basin." I'm not hiker but I'm in good shape. This trail was hard. It was like hiking the incline 3 times. The 4.5 hour hike took 7 hours.

Reviewed by Dr. Dave on 5/9/2011
Just hiked this trail on Saturday, 7 May 11. Have hiked it a few times before and it is a good workout, but worth it. At this time there are still snow and ice areas below treeline and on the way up to the Playground. Microspikes are recommended this time of year, especially for the down hike. Very windy above treeline. The hike is longer now as you cannot park at the campground unless using it and paying the fee. There is a no-pay lot and the extra distance in the trees is nice.

Reviewed by Noel J on 9/5/2010
Wonderful hike...well paved trail to follow. Steep in sections, but worth the gorgeous views!

Reviewed by Bunji on 7/18/2010
This is an awesome hike. pretty sweet incline for sure which makes for hairy decent if youre not paying attention. vistas are most awesome...

Reviewed by Jesse on 12/8/2009
Awesome trail. Did it in Beginning of December with snow-shoes and lost the trail a little over half-way up. Very windy,lots of hail, tough trial once you get past tree-line. Before tree-line tis trail isn' t too tough (if you're in good shape)....but we made it to the top! besides getting my truck stuck the snow-shoeing was 100% awesome best view i've seen in a LONG time!

Reviewed by Vv on 3/19/2009
Hiked during early march and toward the top lost the trail due to snow, did not make it to the top but will when it warms up. probably covered 80 percent though, and it was tough, but mighty! hails....

Reviewed by Pat M on 1/6/2009
My friend Danny and I have hiked the Craggs many times, it is so breathtaking and awesome. One of the greatest spots in CO. I honestly hope not too many people discover it so it can remain as beautiful and pristine as it is. We are from down south and we both love the mountains...looking forward to coming back one day. Pat

Reviewed by Reed on 1/2/2009
A blast on a mountain bike!

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