Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

MODERATE 78 reviews
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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
1128 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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).

1 month ago

Got here today and the road was closed right as you turn off 67. The sign said there was tree removal happening. Quite a shame.

1 month ago

Dog accessible! Steep incline towards the end of the trail leading up Raspberry Mountain, but completely worth the view! Its a little windy at the summit, keep that in mind.

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3 months ago

I haven't hiked this via the new trailhead yet, but the views from the top are fantastic.

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Great hike! Not many dogs on leash but it worked out ok. Amazing view at the top! So worth the steep rocky ending!

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

One of my favorites in the area. Follow signs from the old trail head. Once on the trail about a mile in you will cross a creak. Turn right after that and it'll take you to the right place. Beautiful views at the top.

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6 months ago

7 months ago

Easy to find with ample parking in the well marked parking lot. From the Raspberry Mountain lot follow the Ring the Peak trail - per the directions and posts by other people - until the junction that directs you to Raspberry Mountain trail. A little scramble at the very top took us a while to find but was totally worth the fabulous views. A hiking pole was helpful on the steeper scree covered parts of the trail. Perfect autumn hike. Highly recommend. My tracker showed exactly 5 miles for the round trip from the parking lot.

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7 months ago

Loved this hike! Beautiful views at the top, worth some of the steeper sections. Took us about 3 1/2 hours (with a picnic at the top). Almost no one around till we headed back down. Some beautiful fall colors still left on the mountainsides. Just be sure you don't turn left at the first unmarked T Junction on the Ring the Peak trail (about a half hour or so in) because it takes you back to the Mennonite Camp. The T Junction for Raspberry Mountain is well marked up a steep little section of trail. Great trail to bring my dog, too!

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7 months ago

7 months ago

This was such a fun little hike! Steep in some places but very enjoyable

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7 months ago

Beautiful views at the top for Raspberry Mountain. Some pretty steep sections to hike but well worth the effort. New trailhead past the Menonite camp starting on the Ring the Peak trail. The trails are marked for Raspberry Mountain access at the T-junction. The colors were beautiful today and this hike was great.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Completed with my 13 and 9 year old daughters. A little sandy/gravelly, but the incredible view at the top is worth it!

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8 months ago

I was used to the old trail, but this one might be better, in terms of views and difficulty (as in, more difficult). New, MUCH larger parking lot is a plus. Follow the Ring the Peak trail around until you hit a T junction with signs pointing left for Raspberry. You join up with the old trail at the top of the (STEEP) hill. General rule of thumb since there's no markers is just stay to the left and wind your way around. Peek-a-boo views from that point on.Arrived shortly after 7am on a Saturday and were the first ones in the lot. Didn't run into anyone until about midway down. PERFECT timing. Still amazing views, highly recommend.

8 months ago

Nice trail!, beautiful views.

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8 months ago

Easy, fun, and short. Great views for a day hike.

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8 months ago

The redesigned (2016) Raspberry Mountain trail is a pleasant, relatively uncrowded hike with a spectacular payoff at the end: Unobstructed 360 degree views.

The new parking area utilizes a large space for the Ring the Peak trail. To reach the trailhead, take State Highway 67 south from Divide. Just past the entrance to Mueller State Park, turn east at the sign for Craggs C. G.

About half a mile in along a dirt road, you will past the old trailhead (closed) where a sign points ahead to: Raspberry Mountain Trail 1.4 miles.

Less than a mile further on, turn right at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite camp (a tiny sign for Raspberry Mountain points to the right.) About a half mile further, you will see the well- marked Ring the Peak (Raspberry Mountain) parking area.

I arrived at 8:30 on a beautiful early September morning, and was surprised to find only one vehicle in the spacious parking area. I ran into only a handful of hikers on the trail.

Much of the trail is along long-abandoned roads. At the top of a steady climb, you will come to a T junction, where the Ring the Peak trail goes right, and a sign directs Raspberry mountain hikers to the left. There are no more signs on the trail after that, but the wide trail is pretty easy to follow. You go pretty much straight up, with few switchbacks.

When you reach the giant boulders at the top, circle all the way around to the left until you find paths to the top.

Enjoy the panoramic views!!!