If there is one all-purpose trail in the Pikes Peak region, it’s this one. The Crags is a family-friendly, dog-friendly route in the Pike National Forest. About five miles round-trip, it features the bubbling Fourmile Creek, cool pine and aspen forests, spongy meadows dotted with sunshine-colored cinquefoil shrubs, granite formations stacked like odd pancakes and a stunning payoff at the top, with views of the reservoirs that sparkle below Pikes Peak. Throw in a stand of gnarled, thousand-year-old bristlecone pines and you’ve got the perfect trip. For most of the way to the top, this trail is easy, allowing hikers to spend time looking for wild columbine as well as chipmunks and squirrels that call this place home. The last quarter mile, the trail heads up a steep, heavily forested ravine, eventually topping out on a mass of housed granite boulders. The trail forks just before the last uphill push – take the right fork for the easiest way to the top. Once you reach the bristlecones, you’re almost there. The view from the top is stunning, offering a sweeping view of faraway mountain ranges. There is a spacious parking area for this popular trail, which can be hiked year-round. But in the winter, when cross-country skiers and snowshoers take over, you might have to park before the trailhead and walk in.