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
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Reviewed by Steve on 10/14/2011
One of the most delightful hikes I have taken in my 31 years in Colorado. Most of the aspen had already lost their leaves, but we saw them in full glory when we found this for the first time about twelve days ago and only went part way up because night was falling. The trail near the top disappears briefly, but if you keep looking about 100-200 feet ahead of you as well as down, you will easily see where it reappears. I am most grateful to whomever hiked it in fresh snow and left us some footprints to follow on our first full hike. Our time was about 2 hours and 35 minutes, and we are 61 and 58, respectively. If you are new to the trail as we were, make sure you are down by dark. Otherwise it can be tricky at the top.
Reviewed by SJS on 10/7/2011
Much harder hike than I originally thought, but so worth the trip! Got a little confused where the trail met up with the ring the peak trail, but luckily we had a topo map of the area and were able to figure it out. Also met up with the flying/biting ants at the top...would have liked to have stayed longer, but was getting bitten to death. I would do it again though!
Reviewed by Beth on 8/4/2011
This was a beautiful hike! And we did see a few raspberry plants at the top, but no raspberries.
Reviewed by Jeffery on 1/11/2011
Rocky and I made this the first hike of the new year. The trail had 0-2 inches of loose packed snow at the top of the trail with 3-6 inches of loose packed snow as we made our way through the pines. It took us about 2hrs to reach the top and 1 1/2hrs down. The temp. was in the high 40's and not a cloud in the sky. The views from the top are spectacular and the journey well worth it. I would say the hike is no harder then Waldo Canyon or Devilshead just a bit longer is all.
Reviewed by Mike C. on 5/8/2010
Very nice hike! I did it yesterday (5-7-10). Total hike time was about 2 1/2 hrs. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trail above 10,000 ft. I was completely amazed by the views from the top! This hike is well worth it if your looking for a quick out & back day hike.
Reviewed by Team Dean on 11/5/2009
Our favorite area hike. Not too long or too short. More rewarding and better views of the surrounding area(s) than the Crags. Went on a Friday in October and only saw six other people.
Reviewed by Aaron/Catherine on 8/25/2008
This was a fantastic half day hike. Perfect for a little get-a-way from the hussle and bussle. Easy to follow trail, until you reach the final incline. Just stick to the left and you will find your way up to the top. We went straight and got into a bouldering situation. My main recommendation is to take some bug spray with you. We both got stung by a bee and there were a lot of flying ants at the summit. Awesome, Awesome views at the top. Great spot for lunch and beauty!
Reviewed by NH on 8/26/2007
I hiked Raspberry Mountain today from Cantiberry Rd, and found it to be a varied and interesting hike, with a few tough sections, mainly due to the incline. I did come to several intersections and wasn't sure where to go. I ended up following the more traveled paths and made it all the way to the top in just over an hour. There are also a few cairns (rock pilings) to show the way, but they are easy to miss. This is a beautiful trail and definitely one that I would do again. I hung out at the top for about 30 minutes and just enjoyed the views and the warm sun.
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