The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a 10.3 mile circular trail (map) consisting of a crest portion and a loop portion. It is recommended that you get an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
It is accessed from two trailheads. One on the west end across from Island lake and one of the east adjacent to Eggleston Lake.
The crest portion (6.5 miles) rises steeply from the East Trailhead to the top of Crag Crest. From the West Trailhead, the crest portion rises more gradually to the top of Crag Crest. Sections of the Craig Crest are on a narrow ridge with steep drop offs on both sides.
The loop portion (3.4 miles) provides an alternative return route.
Only foot travel is allowed on the crest portion between the East Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction. Rocky dropoffs and narrow trails make any other type of passage unsafe.
Foot, mountain bike and horse travel are allowed on the loop portion and on the crest portion between the West Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all portions of the Crag Crest Trail.