Run the Crag Crest Loop

Cedaredge, Colorado

4.3/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

10.4 miles

Elevation Gain

1500 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Jason Hatfield

This run features 2 miles of breathtaking views on a narrow ridge overlooking Grand Mesa and many of its 300 lakes.

The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile loop that takes runners over one of the highest points on Grand Mesa. When traveling in a clockwise direction, the trail traverses a narrow rocky ridge for 5-miles before descending into the dense pine forest below. Grand Mesa's trails are less maintained due to a smaller number of visitors, so be prepared to encounter fallen trees and overgrown sections. Despite being relatively unknown, this is one of the most incredible trails in Colorado with views of the whole mesa and its numerous lakes. Time to complete the run is 2-3 hours with stops to enjoy the scenery and take photos.

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Fitness
Running
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Run the Crag Crest Loop Reviews

If you enjoy trail running, it is a challenge. If you love hiking, it is exhilarating. If you don’t like to walk, then I would recommend just driving over the Mesa. This is a long trail but very rewarding. I have hiked it multiple times and have loved it each time. It starts out at the trailhead just off of Highway 65, and the beginning of the trail is relatively steep. It flattens out for a little while, but then you have the strenuous hike to the summit. There, you will find stunning views, and also possibly chilly temperatures. I have made the mistake of not bringing a jacket on a seemingly warm spring/summer day and regretting it. After the summit, it is mostly downhill, and then a long period of relatively flat trail back to the cars. I would plan on a day to do this, and maybe even bring a snack lunch. Just remember to pack everything out.  I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do! 

I've been traveling the country for over a year and this hike is at the top of the list. If traveling from Grand Junction make sure to plan accordingly, you will drive up 5,000' so it is much cooler at this trailhead. We stopped at Hot Tomato in Fruita for pizza and beer on our way home. Beautiful drive and hike, highly recommended.

I did not run this but the views are truly spectacular.

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