Summary: From the parking follow an old road to the top of the ridge where you will meet up with a more heavily traveled trail. Take a right (East) at this intersection and follow the old road to its end. There are several spur trails along the way, but just stick with the most heavily traveled trail. The old road comes to an end before you reach the top of Raspberry mountain. When the road ends there is a single track trail that continues north downhill at first then up the last section of the mountain. The trail will end at a large outcropping of rocks. To reach the very summit stay on the left (West) side of the rocks and head around to the North side. Climb a short section of rocky terrain. This is the summit of Raspberry Mountain. From atop the rocks you will have an unobstructed view of Teller County, Pikes Peak, the Sawatch Mountain range, the Tenmile/Mosquito Range, and more.
Trailhead: From Divide Colorado head south on Highway 67 for 4.25 miles. Turn left when you see the sign for the Crags Campground and the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Drive a little over a mile up this road until you come to a switchback with a gate on the left side. Park in front of this gate. This is the trailhead. (Lat:38.89043 Lon:-105.1441)
Trail Guides for Raspberry Mountain :
Mountain Biking Colorado Springs Second Edition
by David Crowell (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pikes Peak Ranger District 719-636-1602
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Katie on 7/29/2007
A friend and I got up there around 11:30 this morning and started our adventure! We got to a three way stop and didn't know which way to go, because there were no signs pointing us in a good direction, so, a little scared (being two younger gals!) we headed back and turned onto another trail which led us to back to the campsites....but the view was amazing, and the dogs loved it!
Reviewed by ladywarrior0505 on 7/24/2007
hiked on July 21, 2007. ok, I'm out of shape, ill health, but felt I could do this. It kicked my ass, and my poor Arctic dog, but what an awesome place. So lovely walking in deep woods on a very nice trail. lovely wildflowers, pines and Aspens. The end was a little confusing, until I noticed the trail markings on trees. They weren't kidding on the rocky terrain at the end. Wonderful view! I will do again when my health permits.
Reviewed by D & K on 7/2/2007
We hiked this on 6/30/07. What a nice hike. Our dog really enjoyed it as well. The trail wasn't crowded at all. We saw 4 groups of 4. The last climb to the summit seems to gain a lot of elevation and it gets a little tricky to follow the trail. But we made it just fine. It was nice and shaded thru most of the trail. It took us a total of 3.5 hours including a 1/2 hour lunch at the top.
Reviewed by Craig on 7/30/2006
Great family hike thru aspens, however trail is difficult to follow on the last climb to summit. 1 hr 40 mins. to summit--great alternative in summer to the overcrowded Crags trail.
Reviewed by Starla on 7/23/2006
What a nice hike! We always start our hikes with a stop at the Donut Mill in Woodland Park and off to the trail. The trail was easy to find with these directions and easy to follow. Went on Saturday July 22 with a fun group of people and only saw one other person on the trail. Spectacular view of Pikes Peak and North Catamount reservoir. I highly recommend this hike.
Reviewed by Brad on 6/20/2006
Hiked on Sunday, 18 June 2006 with a friend. No markings at all to let you know that you are on "the" trail, but if you stick to the gravel portion, you are on the trail. It becomes a little hard to follow to get to the top, but the view is awesome. 1:35:00 to summit and then we spent about 55:00 at the top resting and taking pictures, particularly of the photogenic chipmunk. Nice view of The Crags and Divide, Woodland Park also. Started the hike around 8:00 AM and only saw two other groups - one on bikes and the other hiking. Several trails spur off but they are mostly grass so it is easy to spot the main trail as it is gravel and loose stone and also looks like water runoff has eroded a cut through most of it.
Reviewed by Jeremy B. on 6/7/2006
The hike was wonderful! The day was beautiful and the trail was easy to follow. The only bad part were the crazy amount of flies on the top. Great view though and nice hike. It took 2 of us at a relatively moderate pace a total of about 2.5-3 hours. I highly recommend!
Reviewed by Pete on 5/24/2006
This trail was absolutely amazing. My dog thought it was cool too. Very pretty views from the top where I ate crackers and Reese Peanut Butter cups. The hike to the top is not too bad! Go for it! Peace out!
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