I'll be starting this hike at 10:30.
If you for some reason you arrive late I have provided the directions for the trail we'll be hiking. Take your time and have a good hike.
The distance for this hike is 5.6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,200 Ft and a moderate hiking level
Raspberry Mountain stands above the small, gold boom town of Divide. It's not the highest mountain in the area, or very tough to climb, but it's special because of access and the views from the top. It offers fantastic views of Pikes Peak, Teller County, the Ten Mile/Mosquito Ranges, and the Sawatch Range.
Summary: From the parking follow an old road to the top of the ridge where you'll meet up with a more heavily traveled trail. Take a right 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 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. The standard route takes you through beautiful Pike National Forest Pine and Aspen, and leads you to a boulder strewn summit of the familiar pinkish Pikes Peak region rock.
Travel US 24 to the town of Divide, and turn south on CO 67 South (not to be confused with CO 67 North, which goes from Woodland Park, 8 miles away). Go 4.25 miles from this turn to a poorly signed left turn onto the Upper Four Mile Road. On the way, you will pass a turn for Mueller State Park. Once you pass the park, look for a sign that says, "Rocky Mountain Camp," and then another sign 100 yds. from there for, "Crags Campground." Turn left here. Cross a small bridge, and begin to travel uphill on the dirt road. The road is rough, but passable for passenger cars. Travel 1.1 miles up this road until you reach a sharp switchback. You will see a gate straight ahead with a small pull off. Park here. This is the trail head. The road beyond the gate is prohibited to motor vehicles. If the trailhead parking is full, try to park off of the main road. There is another small parking area up the road about and eighth of a mile.
Have yourself a good day everyone!
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