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INDIAN SUMMER HIKE IN DIVIDE, COLORADO: RASPBERRY MOUNTAIN

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  • 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!
    Don

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  • Cheryl

    That's a good question, Rebecca. Looks as though its down to 11 which based on past experience means maybe 4 of us will show. I'm curious about who is a definite also.

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Rebecca O.

      Looks like Don, Lena, Phil, You and me so far.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lena and I are still going. We're from Wisconsin and a little chill is not anything to worry us. We are anxious to go. Hope to see you tomorrow.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Rebecca O.

    It doesn't look like snow is going to be a problem after all. Though it'll still be chilly, the sun should be shining down to warm us up by the time we start the hike. I sure hope this horrendous wind is not blowing all the golden aspens leaves away today. Who all is still going? I don't want to get over to the trailhead and find no one else there:)

    October 4, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Okay. I can probably only take 3 passengers comfortably, so I'm able to drive and will take the first 3 responders: Maliheh, Deborah and Sharon. Let's meet in front of the (now closed) Champs Restaurant in the NE corner of Park Meadows, so we can hop right on I-25. I will leave the parking lot promptly at 8:00 a.m. as I need to get back as early as possible. I'm a pretty fast hiker, too, so if this doesn't work for you, please speak up now. Chong, if you want to join us, too, maybe you can drive with Sharon. We can caravan. With that said, I repeat, I will leave Park Meadows promptly at 8:00 a.m., so please be courteous about arriving earlier to load up. thanks.

    September 30, 2013

    • Sharon Y

      sorry. change of plan.

      October 2, 2013

    • Maliheh

      Sounds great! I'll be there! Thanks Cheryl

      October 2, 2013

  • Chong B.

    I have decided that I will not be joining you this hike, at this time. I look forward to meet everyone next time.

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, My wife and I have been reading the meetup posts for this trip and it seems that some rides are needed. If anyone wants a ride we can take two people. We can meet at 8am, at the Car Toys Store, 8705 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, CO. I see on Google maps it is just outside the mall, off of Yosemite St.

    October 2, 2013

  • Annie

    Hi,
    I am pondering going but don't want to drive given the forecast. Does anyone have room? Thank you!

    October 1, 2013

    • Chong B.

      If no one has room for the carpooling you and I can drive there, perhaps.

      October 2, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I've got Maliheh and Deborah riding with me. Maybe Sharon has room for you, Annie. Chong is riding with her. Let her know for sure and confirm where they're meeting. Thanks. Look forward to seeing you all Saturday.

    October 2, 2013

  • Deborah M.

    I would love to carpool with someone, if possible.
    I am at c470 and Coal Mine Rd, between Ken Caryl and Bowles.

    September 16, 2013

    • Chong B.

      Meet us at Champs Restaurant parking lot at before 8:00 AM. We can carpool from there.

      September 30, 2013

  • Rebecca O.

    Watch the weather reports. it may snow Friday night so you might want to be prepared to hike in a little snow. Also there is a cold snap coming in so it will be cold Saturday morning. The leaves near Cripple Creek should be at their peak this weekend:)

    September 30, 2013

  • Cheryl

    anyone interested in carpooling from park meadows? I will not be camping

    September 29, 2013

    • Deborah M.

      I would prefer not to drive, but more than willing to help with fuel.

      September 30, 2013

    • Chong B.

      I would like to carpool with you, as well. Where in Park Meadows should we meet?

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Noticed there is one spot left, I signed up for us. Which means 2, hope that is not a problem.....

    September 29, 2013

  • Carole B.

    I would like to go. But I might need to carpool with someone. I live near Broomfield. Let me know! I'd love to meet you.

    September 27, 2013

    • Barbara G

      I live in Louisville and would love to carpool with you, Carole.

      September 28, 2013

  • Rebecca O.

    link to tail map and other information (copy and PAste)
    http://www.everytrail.com/guide/raspberry-mountain/map

    1 · September 25, 2013

    • Don

      Thanks Rebecca and Jay!!! We hope you're mom is doing well Rebecca and that she's recovering and doing the best she can. OUR GROUP wishes you, Jay and Amy a quick recovery for yourselves also .

      September 26, 2013

  • Dana K.

    Are dogs allowed?

    June 27, 2013

    • Rebecca O.

      dogs are allowed on trails as long as they are leashed.

      September 5, 2013

  • Rebecca O.

    Don, I will do this hike while Jay stays home to look after my mother, then tomorrow he will do the Crags while I stay home to look after Mom.

    September 5, 2013

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