The Crags and Devil’s Playground, 1-Day

While Barr Trail is the most traveled trail to the summit of Pikes Peak, the Crags route offers more solitude on the trail. The Crags trail is located on the far northwestern side of the mountain. Due to the location of the trailhead, this is an all-day event; a camping option may be considered. Offered year round.

From the Crags Campground, the trail climbs steadily through forest and an alpine meadow, crosses the Pikes Peak Highway, and continues upwards, following a series of rock cairns to the summit.  This route is 14 miles round trip and gains 4,300 vertical feet.  While the day is long, the views on this side of Pikes Peak are spectacular. As a side note, there are several hiking options located at the Crags trailhead that do not lead to the summit but make for shorter but equally beautiful day hikes.  Expect the summit hike to take 4-6 hours to the top; the round-trip travel time runs about 8-10 hours.

We only offer this trip as a round trip hike.  If you would like to hike to the summit of Pikes Peak without trekking down, please refer to our Barr Trail 2-Day Ascent option.  It is also possible to hike the Barr Trail in one day; please call us at 719-368-9524 to discuss this option.


  • Pikes Peak
  • Crags Trailhead, about 50 minutes from Colorado Springs
  • Other permitted 14ers available upon request

Prices are per person

1 hiker, 1 guide

2 hikers, 1 guide

3 hikers, 1 guide

4 hikers, 1 guide

Call for larger groups 719-368-9524

Client expectations:

  • Able to carry 20lb pack.
  • Able to hike 15 miles in one day.
  • You will be on your feet for 8-10 hours on this summit climb.

Trip Includes:

  • Professional climbing/hiking guides with high/extreme altitude experience.

Not Included:

  • Transportation to trailhead.

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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