Raspberry Mountain near Colorado Spring, CO is full of surprises when you reach the summit.
Wrap around views of Colorado’s highest peaks, while scrambling over amazing rock formations.
We started our hike at first light. The early morning was crispy and cool.
You’ll began by hiking up a couple switchbacks heading upward through dense dark tall pines and a few large rocks.
The trail levels off onto a old road, eventually opening up onto a lovely meadow. We found sprinkles of a few remaining wildflowers leftover from late summer dotted the trail.
After ascending uphill for a short ways we reached a point where you leave the Ring the Peak Trail.
(was a bit confusing, but several wooden posts mark the spot).
Here you begin the uphill trek to the summit of Raspberry Mountain.
Upon reaching the top of the trail, we found ourselves surrounded by amazing rock formations.
Not knowing what to expect, we wandered through the rock formations, until realizing we could scramble to the top of them.
To our delight, this entire hike was beyond any expectations! Spellbinding views in every direction at the summit. Pikes Peak, Sentinel Point, The Crags and Catamount Reservoirs. Turn around and you can see as far as the Collegiate Peaks.
It was quite cloudy and remnants of smoke from recent wildfires left a haze, keeping the far reaching views hidden.
The perfect ½ day hike!
Located: Take US 24, turn South onto Hwy 67, Travel about 4 miles to CR-62, turn left. Travel past the Mennonite Camp. About a mile or so, the Trailhead parking will be on your left. You’ll see a newly constructed bridge going over the creek as you pull in.
4.6 miles out and back.
Via – Ring the Peak Trail
Dog & family friendly
Popular for hiking & mountain biking
Lots of shade for summer hikes
You might also enjoy some of our other favorite hikes in the mountains near Colorado Springs, CO
Horsetheif Falls Trail – sweet family friendly day hike
Lovell Gulch Trail – known for its wildflowers, a photographers paradise
The Crags Trail – with its funky rock formations, a local favorite!
A GENTILE REMINDER: Venturing off trails damages vegetation, leads to erosion and impacts wildlife.
So many trails in Colorado from mild to wild … Happy Trails!