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Date Tuesday  6/29/2021
End Date Thursday  7/1/2021
Group Denver
Event Title BPX Backpack, Crag Crest Trail, Grand Mesa, 3-day Loop
Start Time 10:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Janet Martel
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 12
Elevation Gain 1900
Driving Distance 500


Meeting location and carpooling info will be provided via email prior to trip date.

For more info Contact

Janet Martel



Description: The Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa includes a narrow ridge (NOT for the faint hearted!) with dramatic views of the rainbow-colored Book & Roan Cliffs. The second half of the loop goes up and down through meadows and forest.


Feel like you are on top of the world while striding along this popular National Recreational Trail that never drops below 10,000 ft on Grand Mesa. Beginning from the West Crag Crest TH, this 12mile hike takes you over a narrow ridge flanked by steep cliffs, and meandering meadows to the Crest’s high point at 11,189 ft. Along the journey you will experience dense pine and spruce forests, wild flowers, aspen groves, shimmering lakes and a spires and pinnacles overhead.

Day 1: Drive to Crag Crest West Trailhead (approx. 4 hrs from Golden). Pit toilets.  Stay at Cobbett Lake Campground, $16/night, first come first served. On the lake shore, lots of shade, vault toilets and drinking water (

Day 2: Hike on Crag-Cobbett Trail #749 to reach the Crag Crest National Recreational Trail #711. Turn right then stay left to hike clockwise around the loop. Continue hiking along the Crag Crest Trail for 5 miles (800 ft ascent and 900ft descent). This section is narrow in places but with dramatic views of the rainbow-colored Book and Roan cliffs, several lakes, the West Elk Mountains, the San Juan Mountains, and the La Sals. Descend to the East TH and camp at the Crag Crest Campground, first come, first served, lightly used. Vault toilets ( (7.25 miles/ 1183 elevation)

Day 3: Complete the loop by hiking the lower portion of the loop back to the West Crag Crest TH, 5 miles, 780ft ascent/ 750 descent.

Option to visit the Grand Mesa Visitor Center before driving home. Several campground options near the Visitors Center if you want to stay longer.

General Requirements: Bear Box required at campground 



BPX is a community of backpackers who respect, trust, help each other, and honor our commitments. By registering for this trip, you are committing to going on the trip and will cancel only for a true emergency. And if absolutely necessary, you agree to cancel as early as possible so another member may take your place on the trip.



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