The Crags and Devil’s Playground, 1-Day (Level 1)

While Barr Trail is the most traveled trail to the summit of Pikes Peak the Crags side offers more solitude on the trail. The Crags trail located on the far west side of the mountain. Due to the location of the trail head, 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, following a series of rock cairns to the summit. Without the overnight at a midway cabin this makes for a long day but the views on this side are spectacular. From the Crags Trail there are several hiking options that do not lead to the summit, but will leave you feeling energetically fulfilled.  6 miles one-way, 4-6 hours to the top, round-trip 8-10 hours.

Descent options: if you choose, we can offer a ride off the summit via Cog Train at additional cost, or transfer via shuttle. We are happy to assist you in any of these choices and build a custom program based on your desires.

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
  • 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

Other Adventures
Rumdoodle Ridge Pikes Peak, 1-Day
The Crags and Devil’s Playground, 1-Day
Cheyenne Mountain Day Hikes
Pikes Peak, Barr Trail 2 Day Ascent

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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