Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

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Pike National Forest

Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

As of April 2020, the gate to the trailhead is closed which will add a mile to your hike. 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.

An amazing hike. The journey took us through diverse and enjoyable terrain. The view at the end was the icing on the cake :-)

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike and Iiked it better than the Craggs. Far less people and personally thought views were better and not to say there is anything wrong with the craggs. Trail is very well marked.

hiking
8 days ago

Favorite hike near COS, we’ve done it 5 times so far. Easy to get to, dirt road is in great condition for this time of year. Trail is well marked and clear. After the second 1/2 (when you reach the split between Raspberry and Ring the Peak) it’s pretty much all uphill so I’d bring poles if you prefer them for the way down. And as for the other post about it looking like an ATV trail, that’s maybe 1/4 of the hike and it’s through a gorgeous meadow so I would take that with a grain of salt..!

hiking
10 days ago

There is a beautiful 360 view at the top! The Ring the Peak Trail near the bottom is also really nice. Four stars because a large segment of this trail looks like converted ATV track (wide, steep loose gravel sections). I think that’s a bit less charming. If you have only a day and need to decide between this and The Crags, go with Crags all the way!

12 days ago

great for a 70+ fellow.

Such breathtaking views!!! Would recommend earlier in the day/afternoon. I’ve heard in the summer it storms really bad in the afternoon with hail. In the spring time it was okay but with COVID there aren’t any responders if you get injured so be sure to go when other people would be on the trail if you’re going solo like I did. The chipmunks at the top of the trek on the rocks are VERY friendly. Kind of freaked me out. For me this hike was more on the expert level rather than moderate. I was extremely out of breath at some pints. Some very steep inclines.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun hike! Gates were open!

hiking
14 days ago

This might be my new favorite Colorado hike. There are literally no bad parts of this trail. It's picturesque and relaxing the entire way, with a couple of decent inclines to make you feel like you're still getting in a good workout. You can't beat views like this for a >5 mile roundtrip hike. My dog and I managed it in less 2 hours, including about 20-30 minutes at the top. 100% recommend.

hiking
16 days ago

Gates are open. Definitely a good climb but the 360 view at the top is worth the effort!

There is a gate blocking you from getting to the trailhead. Adds a mile to your hike.

Love this hike! 7.4 miles round trip.

hiking
scramble
21 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. As others have said the gate is still closed. A little steep in some places, but the 360° view at the top was breathtakingly beautiful. I’m scared of heights and made it to the top and felt secure.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome views at the top!!! Well worth the hike and not as busy as the Crags trails. Steep in some parts but not bad. Only some snow on the trails but not much.

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muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

gate is still closed which adds about 1.25 mi to the round trip. still a lot of fun

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icy
muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

love the hike... challenging with fresh powder. when we came back it was quite slushy. make sure you're fueled up and have plenty of water! view at the top was amazing and worth it! round trip (out and back) was close to 7 miles bc of where we parked.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Great hike! Snowy and icy, didn’t have any spikes and made up to the top okay but they would’ve been nice to have. The view at the top was so worth it!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Very nice trail! Great for snowshoeing.. it has a bit of an incline to begin with but it’s really not that bad. The scenery was like walking through a winter wonderland.. the gate to the trail head is closed, so it’s about .7 miles walk in. We started out on ring peak trail, but once you get about 2 miles in raspberry peak goes to the left. It’s about a quarter mile hike up.

Gate is still closed. Adds about a mile to the hike. Snowy but we didn’t need spikes. Beautiful and windy at the top, barely saw anyone!

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