Devil's Playground Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The first 1/2 mile of the Devil's Playground Trail (also known as the Banana Rock Trail) is shared with the Crags Trail.  At the Y, bear right and cross the bridge over the creek.  The trail follows an old road  to just below timberline.  Above timberline, the trail crosses the Pikes Peak Highway.  The trail parallels the Pikes Peak Highway to the Summit. Please follow the rock cairns above timberline to protect the fragile tundra.  There are beautiful views in the distance of mountain ranges to the north, south and west of Pikes Peak.



Difficulty: Hard

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lightning is common in the summer, so start the hike early. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. The temperature at the summit is usually considerably cooler than at the trailhead.
After Hours Recovery/Rescue Response: $500 per person will be charged if a hiker/tourist requests rescue/recovery or assistance from Pikes Peak Staff after hours. This is a minimum charge based on circumstances.
Open Season: Year-round
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer

Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Closest Towns: Divide, CO
Water: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams should be treated before use.

General Information


From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south on Hwy 67. Drive 4 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Rd. #383. The trailhead is nearly 3 miles up the road approximately 1/8 mile before the Crags Campground.

General Notes:

Camping is permitted along the trail after you travel 1/4 mile in and is recommended 300’ from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Respect other trail users.


Parking is available at the trailhead.

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  Area/Length : 
6.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
10,100 feet - 14,110 feet