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Crag Crest Trail

The Crag Crest Trail #711 is a designated National Recreation Trail and is restricted to foot travel except for the first 1.5 miles of trail from the West Trailhead.

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Length: 10.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing

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Location: Grand Mesa, at Island Lake trailhead in Grand Mesa National Forest, c.20 miles north of Delta on State Route 65.
State(s): Colorado
Counties: Delta
Longitude: -107.95618
Latitude: 39.05998

Driving Directions

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This section, which connects the West Trailhead with the Cottonwood Trailhead, is also open to horses. This trail has become popular because it offers many scenic vistas and a unique display of geologic history. It connects Island Lake with Eggleston Lake, however, this may be extended to a circular hike by returning to the original trailhead on the Crag Crest Lower Loop Trail #711.1A. The trail rises steeply to the crest from the East Trailhead, and more gradually from the West Trailhead. Some sections along the top portion of the crest are narrow with drop-offs on both sides. Due to the high elevation of this trail, travel is often hampered by snow drifts until early July.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 3%
Maximum Grade: 9%
Elevation Low Point: 10,200
Elevation High Point: 11,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: USFS Trail Map
Map: USFS Geo Reference Map

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
US Forest Service
2777 Crossroads Blvd.
Grand Junction , CO 81506
(970) 242-8211



 Photo by gjhikes.

Photo by gjhikes.


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