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The Crags

Granite Spires Along Four Mile Creek -- Teller County CO
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes (see my guide for Horsethief... more »

Tips:  Pay attention to the trailhead you use. On the way down, you’ll have a choice to make as the trail forks left and right. The sign... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

I’ve always used the old trailhead. This departs from the campground. The new trailhead is up the road about 200 yards; and it has more space. Because this is a campground, there is a toilet available. About a hundred yards into the trail, you’ll see a sign indicating another trail (#664A) that leads up to The Devil’s Playground; it takes you... More

2. Flowers

In the spring and early summer wildflowers abound, especially along sections of the trail with wide grassy areas.

3. Aspen

On the north side of the valley, you’ll pass by groves of some of the largest aspen trees you’ll ever see. At this point, you’ll also begin to encounter some of the rock formations that give this hike its name. As you might imagine, different lighting produces different effects. This is one of those hikes you’ll want to do more than once, at... More

4. Four Mile Creek

The trail hugs the contours of Four Mile Creek all the way along the valley floor. In the spring and early summer, it is quite raucous as it cascades down through the rocks. In the meadow areas, some of the stream creates muddy patches of bracken, sometimes even covering portions of the path.

5. Bristle Cone Pine

Wind and soil chemistry combine to create a Dr. Seuss-like tableau of twisted conifers. This place is a photographer’s dream landscape.

6. Summit

At the end of the trail, at the top of the mountain, you can look back down the valley; you can look up at the crags; and you can look out onto the Catamount Reservoirs. Sit and enjoy. Talk to people from all over the world. Feed the birds – they have no fear.

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