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Devil's Playground (#664A)

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Trail

4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer point to point
66% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,943' 897 m
Descent: -15' -5 m
High: 12,938' 3,943 m
Low: 10,010' 3,051 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)

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Trail shared by Missy Thompson

A beautiful accent to Devil's Playground

Missy Thompson

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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The first 1/2 mile of the Devil's Playground Trail is shared with the Crags Trail. The trail proper starts by crossing a bridge over Fourmile Creek. After 1/2 mile, you'll pass three pipes coming up out of the ground on your right. They only stick out of the ground a few feet and are easy to miss. Approximately, 30 yards past the pipes is a trail junction - the Crags Trail goes left and your trail (#664A) goes down to the right. Turn right, cross a stream on the log bridge and continue a short distance to see a sign on the right that confirms that you're on the trail to Devils Playground. Climb through the forest to 10,400' and cross another small stream.

Continue east for almost 1 mile to reach a small clearing near 10,900. Turn left near 11,050' and ascend a long, straight stretch to 11,300'. Zigzag up the steep hillside and exit the trees near 11,900'. Once above tree line, the trail heads southeast and east up an easy slope.

When you reach the top of the slope (12,750), the summit comes into view to the southeast. Follow the trail northeast and then east toward the Pikes Road. From here, the trail becomes significantly less steep. Pass through a strip of rocks to reach the Devil's Playground area.

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Looking back through the 'gateway' in the rocks, you get a true sense of the area's natural wonder.
Jan 22, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
The Crags stand prominently in the distance on a clear day.
Jan 22, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Reaching the top of the steep section. The summit comes into view at this point.
Jul 17, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Portal to the Playground
Oct 14, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Looking back toward the Crags from Devil's Playground Trail.
Oct 14, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Up through the rocks
Jul 17, 2015 near Manitou…, CO

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