Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

MODERATE 115 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).

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15 days 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.

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27 days ago

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

27 days ago

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27 days ago

I loved it my wife didn't!

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28 days ago

Very beautiful view at the top! Hiking through the trees was very fun to explore. Watch the trail carefully though because it is easy to get off trail and get lost!

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1 month ago

We could see Pikes Peak from the top. Had a beautiful view. My youngest sister(age9) kept up great. You may need to stop and breathe if you're not used to the altitude.

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2 months ago

Great hike. It was myself, my wife, and our 4 kids (11, 7, 5, and 4). Kids got pretty tired on the way back down. Took us a total of 4 hours with the kids in tow plus breaks and snacks at the top. Very good views at the top. Worth the effort. My kids were excited to say they climbed to the top of a mountain, which was our whole reason for picking this trail. As a side note, watch your signs carefully. This trail intersects a couple others. If you aren't paying attention, they're easy to miss. Made one wrong turn on the way back down, and had to backtrack a half mile or so.

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