Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

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Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Divide, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,013 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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wild flowers

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The hike to the top of Raspberry Mountain is a pleasant six mile jaunt (round trip) through the Pike National Forest. The trail is wide and smooth, most of it shaded by tall dark Colorado Spruce. Sentinel Point and the northernmost of the Sibling Spires are visible occasionally about four miles to the south, whetting your appetite for the "Big View" available at the summit, when the Crags, Pike's Peak and the Catamount Reservoirs spread across the horizon's southeastern quadrant. Early morning trekkers will have the best light for views to the north and west as well (and will be less likely to get short changed by storms in the summer). The hike begins with short, steep switchbacks. Then, it levels out through a meadow and gentle forest floors. Eventually, you'll turn right on the forest road after crossing a creek. After a short uphill walk, you will turn left, leaving the Ring the Peak trail. From here, it is a relatively intense and mostly uphill climb to the top. Definitely make sure you come prepared on this hike and check the weather forecast before heading out.

hiking
26 days ago

I hiked this yesterday; started at noon and finished a few minutes after 2. It was my second time on this trail. The weather was perfect and it was moderately challenging but had places of reprieve. The meadow just past the creek is so gorgeous and is filled with lush green grass, wildflowers, and tall sturdy trees along the perimeter. Once you make it to the split, follow the sign for Raspberry Mountain. It gets tough here. Very steep climb, but it’s shaded, so that helps. When you get to the large boulders, follow the trail through them and them hug the outside of them as you round out beside them. The trail seems to disappear a bit, but just stay near the rocks and after about 100 yards, you will see the rocks that you climb up to the top. The view is insane and totally worth the climb. The only drawback for me was the enormous swarm of gnats that cut my viewing pleasure short.

1 month ago

Great one to bring out-of-towners on. Has good shade for most of it to help you on a hot day with reasonable elevation gains. And the view at the top is fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing 360 views from the top. Beautiful trail with a steep incline, levels out then another incline.

1 month ago

great trail, inclines a bit rough but overall not too bad. view is awesome at the top, not too much rock scrambling

hiking
1 month ago

This one is all about the views at the end, a worthwhile reward for (what feels like) a lot of up and down along the way. Know that you absolutely must scramble up the rocks at the top to get the full experience - we brought our toddler in a carrier and it wasn't an issue to climb up with an extra person to lend a supporting hand. I think I might have convinced my parents to make the move to Colorado after this one :) On a Monday morning, the trail was plenty empty - we only encountered two other groups along the way. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

A good challenge but nothing too intense - the perfect balance. Stunning views at the top! We took family here that lives at sea level and it was the perfect hike for them to start with
- nice and steady. Definitely bring a jacket for the top, it’s quite brisk!

This was such an amazing hike!! Tough in the end but the views are off the carts of Pikes Peak, Catamount Lake and a 360 view of teller county!! Amazing

1 month ago

Beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

This a great hike with amazing views at the top! There are some steep inclines at various points, so it will get your heart rate up. About half the trail is shaded and half not. We went on a Saturday and we only saw about 20 people total and the parking lot had spots open. Easy to get to and the trail was well marked the whole way.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short-medium length hike with a SPECK-TACK-A-LAR view.
Gain about 800' in elevation over about 2 1/2 miles going up.
Pay attention to the trail at the very top as I had a little trouble catching it coming off.

hiking
2 months ago

I arrived at the trailhead around 0715 on a Sunday and had the parking lot and trail all to myself for more than half of the way! The trail starts with some switchbacks and then levels out more until the last climb to the top. I like how there are some hills throughout the trail so you’re not just going straight uphill the first half and downhill the last half. It makes for a decent leg burn all around. The trail is well marked and wide enough to hike side by side with a partner most of the time. It’s also shaded throughout except a small patch through the meadow. I definitely recommend it!

hiking
2 months ago

Very relaxing and beautiful trail. The last mile is straight up but once you hit the rocks at the summit you just gasp at the spectacular 360 degree views all around. We sat at the summit and ate snacks and watched hawks soaring right below us. Truly beautiful. Well worth the hike up.

hiking
2 months ago

GREAT HIKE!! The road to the trailhead is rocky but passable. Drive slowly as it does narrow at spots.

The trail is well marked and the description on the site is accurate. Early and late elevation gain make it challenging. The views are very rewarding! It’s a little slick with loose rock on the way down.

Lots of happy doggos on leash and two people on horseback.

hiking
2 months ago

Wife and I just finished the trail today. Great trail. Pretty easy access. Cars typically run slower due to rocks but not a 4x4 trail by any means. Trail itself is a good hike some steep areas at higher elevations. The last mile is pretty much all uphill. Well worth the hike because the views at the top are freakin awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 5/8/18-Amazing hike. Not too difficult with a good portion of the trail being level or mostly level through the forest. It does get steep after you take the offshoot trail for the mountain off the ring the peak trail. When you get to the rocks at the top its pretty much up to you to find your way up. There is a good route if you keep to the left when you come to the rock pile. Climb around to the backside of the rocks and it is much easier to make your way up onto them, less rock climbing which if your like me (clumsy) is always a good thing. The views at the top are spectacular and if you live in the springs area and have not done this trail then...GO DO IT!

3 months ago

Amazing view once you get to the top!

hiking
3 months ago

We were able to drive a Prius to this trailhead despite the bumpy dirt road. The trail itself was mostly small gravel with only real incline once veering off the ring the peak trail toward raspberry mountain. It was quite windy at the top with impressive 360 views of both pike’s and the divide. There was evidence of lots of wildlife, though we only saw a fox—keep your eyes open.

Be careful on the descent; it’s easy to miss the last fork back to the parking lot and to head back to the private camp area. Sparing a few patches of mud, the trail was dry.

hiking
4 months ago

Out and back trail, some steep parts, great short hike!
Keep your eyes peeled for Big Cats but didn’t encounter any signs.

hiking
5 months ago

Difficulty: Moderate

What I Like About This Hike: The 360-degree views from the summit! Not only is Raspberry Mountain located only a short trip from the Colorado Springs area – making it an awesome half-day adventure – but, moreover, the views from the top are unparalleled, offering magnificent landscapes of the ubiquitous Pikes Peak as well as the unique formations of the surrounding land (i.e., Lost Wilderness, Catamount Reservoirs, South Park, and if it is clear enough, the Collegiate Peaks).

On the Trail: The hike begins with short, steep switchbacks. Then, it levels out through a meadow and gentle forest floors. Eventually, you'll turn right on the forest road after crossing a creek. After a short uphill walk, you will turn left, leaving the Ring the Peak trail. From here, it is a relatively intense and mostly uphill climb to the top. Definitely make sure you come prepared on this hike; every time I've done it, I have encountered adverse weather.

How to Get There: Take US24 to Divide and turn south at the light in Divide onto US67 (if you're coming from Colorado Springs, this will be a left turn), continuing for about 4 miles south. Just after passing the Mueller State Park entrance (which is on the right side), you will turn left onto CR-62. You will continue a few miles up the dirt road. A little way after passing the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, you will see the trailhead parking on your left. Note: you've gone too far if you reach the Crags parking lot (which is also a fabulous hike!).

More on: http://intheknowadventures.com/exploreblog/2018/2/20/raspberry-mountain

7 months ago

I've done Raspberry Mountain twice now. First time in Spring, excellent hike. This last time was a few weeks ago with a few inches of snow on the ground still between the trees. Beautiful views along the way and an amazing scenic overview from the top. It's a fairly easy hike, I see people of all ages doing it.

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate to Difficult well-marked trail. We have done it as a family and returned with friends to share the beauty. Well shaded and excellent 360-degree views on top. There is a little bit of scrambling at the last 30 feet (not especially hard and well worth the view!! We WILL be doing this one again as an annual vacation hike along with Pancake Rocks Trail

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was amazing, me and my good friend hiked up Raspberry today. Snow here and there, great reward at the top, stellar views all around. You can see at least 5 different towns, and several mountain ranges at the top. The hike took us roughly 4hours and we stopped to look at everything so the trek can easily be done in 3. Such a cool hike!

8 months ago

Rewarding view at the top. Great hike for Thanksgiving Day. We’re here on vacation and drove a Honda Fit, which was rough-going. We had some trouble getting out of the parking lot due to snow. But we made it!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike with some awesome views at the top! like other reviewers I have definitely seen a lot of mountain lion traces ( prints and scat) on the trail, but haven't seen one yet...stay vigilant. beautiful area though!

9 months ago

nice hike, very enjoyable, couple of bear sightings by other hikers on the trail but I don't see any

hiking
9 months ago

Make sure to look closely for signs! They are hard to spot in some places.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike - the views from the top are stunning and would absolutely recommend. Watch your signs as it's fairly easy to miss the turn to go up the mountain. Poor signage is the only reason for not giving 5 stars. Bring lots of layers.

hiking
11 months ago

Okay. I WOULD give this five stars. And so I'll start with the good/great:

This is a fantastic workout. Nice elevation gain without being too tough. Gorgeous scenery and setting. Starts out with some great switchbacks, moves into a deadwood gorge, across a saddle and meadow and finishes with a steep but not technical climb to the top.

Views at the top are stunning. Tops out in the 10,500 ballpark. 360 views. True summit - you're up on rock and can see for days.

Now the bad:

Very isolated for the most part. Seems okay until you're being stalked by a mountain lion that gets close enough to growl at your back... Come to find out, this is VERY common here. So because no one said it - I'm saying it. High cat activity. Tracks everywhere off trail and some on. Aggressive, territorial behavior in the gorge. So if you go, enjoy- but be prepared! Learn how to react to these animals and what to do if they attack or push the boundaries.

Road access is just fine. Perhaps tricky in a car with low clearance, or in deep mud/snow. Otherwise basically a 2WD / borderline 4WD higher up.

hiking
11 months ago

I wrote a blog post on this hike. You can read it here http://wp.me/p7ZycW-3h :)

hiking
11 months ago

I loved it my wife didn't!

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