Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

MODERATE 125 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
1003 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).

16 days 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!

1 month ago

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1 month 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!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

2 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.

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2 months ago

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3 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.

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3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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3 months ago

I loved it my wife didn't!

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3 months 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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3 months ago