Run the Crag Crest Loop

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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.

Pack List

  • Running shoes
  • Running layers
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent (optional)
  • GPS Watch
  • Running vest, pack, or belt with water bottles or bladder
  • Running food
  • Grand Mesa Map or GPS
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Running leash if bringing dog
  • Small digital camera or phone
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Activities:

Backpacking, Fitness, Hiking, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

10.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1500 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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