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Crag Crest Trail #711

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (6)

A subalpine ridge traverse that climbs and descends through forests, meadows and lake country.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

91%

Runnable

11,170' 3,405 m

High

10,159' 3,097 m

Low

779' 237 m

Up

1,074' 327 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Only foot travel is allowed on the crest section of trail between the East Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction. Bike and horse travel is allowed on the lower loop portion of the crest trail between the West Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction.

Description

From the West Trailhead, follow signage for Trail #711 (Crag Crest Loop) as you gradually climb through open meadows. At the first trail junction head left following signs for the Crag Crest Loop and Cottonwood Lakes Trail. The steepest climb comes between mile 1 and 2 as you gain the craggy ridge.

When you get to the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction, head right to stay on the ridge. Follow the ridge as it passes through forests, meadows and along the talus strewn ridge that is only a few feet wide at points. Once you reach the highpoint on the crest you have one small climb before you descend to the lakes below. After descending off of the crest, you'll be back in the forest. 6.5 miles from the West Trailhead, you'll reach a junction for the Crag Crest Campground/East Trailhead. Head left to go to the CG/East Trailhead or take a right to finish the loop on Crag Crest Trail 711-1A. This trail is great in both directions and can be done easily from either parking area.

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Shared By:

Andrew Walters

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

#1

in Grand Mesa

#5554

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  4.7 from 6 votes
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#1

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#419

in Colorado

#5,554

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Photos

Running the Grand Mesa Ultras
Mar 15, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
Runners on the Grand Mesa Ultras Course traversing Crag Crest
Mar 13, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
Wolverine Lake
Jul 14, 2015 near Cedaredge, CO
Cruising the Crag Crest!
Mar 13, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO
Rocky singletrack atop the crest at ~11,000 ft.
Jul 13, 2015 near Cedaredge, CO
The big view!
Mar 15, 2018 near Cedaredge, CO

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