Raspberry Mountain Trail Via Ring the Peak Trail

MODERATE 157 reviews
#13 of 160 trails in

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
1013 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). 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.

8 days ago

Amazing view once you get to the top!

hiking
22 days 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
2 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
2 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

4 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
4 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
4 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!

5 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
6 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!

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

I loved it my wife didn't!

hiking
8 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!

hiking
9 months 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.

10 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.

10 months ago

Open for use quiet all to myself today

hiking
11 months ago

If you've hiked hear in years past it has been rerouted. The trailhead is now up past the Mennonite camp and the Craggs Campground and about a 1/4-1/2 mile before the Craggs parking area. It remains an out and back Trail, 5 miles total. It rejoins the old trail at 1.75 miles in. The trails were well marked at all the turns. Remains a beautiful hike with spectacular view at the top and lightly travelled.

11 months ago

Open for use quiet all to myself today

11 months ago

Open for use quiet all to myself today

11 months 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, really wanted to hike it.

11 months 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, really wanted to hike it.

11 months 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, really wanted to hike it.

hiking
11 months 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, really wanted to hike it.

11 months ago

was unable to reach the trail as the road was closed right off 67. :(

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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

Load More