Cedaredge, Colorado's Crag Crest Trail is perfect for both beginner and intermediate hikers! Crag Crest Trail is just over ten miles long, with portions of the trail providing breathtaking views of nearby lakes. You might also want to have a way to snap some pictures, as beautiful wildflowers grow along the trail during spring and summer. During autumn, the leaves turning provide gorgeous scenery.
One benefit of this trail is that it's almost entirely tucked away from any busy roads, but that also means it can be hard to find. Because of this, if you end up going the wrong way or entering at the wrong spot, you could end up adding a few additional miles to your hike.
Despite this, Crag Crest is a very busy trail that sees many visitors each day. Most of the visitors are there to hike, and plenty of people love bringing their pawesome pals with them. It's good to know, though, that the lower mile of the trail allows for both biking and horseback riding, so be sure to keep Fido close to you at all times.
While Crag Crest Trail is dog-friendly, there are no waste stations or water fountains along the way, so you'll want to make sure you have enough supplies on hand. You'll also want to make sure your dog is on a leash that's no longer than six feet; this is a requirement of the park.
Locals do advise that you have some mosquito repellent, as those pesky little insects are out full force no matter what time of year it is. No one likes being bitten by mosquitoes! Remember that mosquito bites are how heartworm disease is spread in dogs, so before bringing your pup here, it might be a good idea to see when their last dose of heartworm preventative was.
Please remember to be mindful and clean up after your pup; you're not the only one who will be enjoying a hike along this beautiful trail, so help make the experience great for everyone!