Raspberry Mountain is a short out and back hike located just outside of Woodland Park, Colorado. Nestled on the slopes of 14er Pikes Peak, this mountain is far less demanding and can be hiked year-round with very little additional gear. Raspberry Mountain is a great spot for a short hike with outstanding views on a clear day. This hike is family friendly, dog friendly and a great option within an hour from Colorado Springs.
Raspberry Mountain Quick Facts
Raspberry Mountain Rating: ★★★ (3/5 Stars)
Distance: 5 Miles RT (6 miles RT during Winter Months)
Elevation Start: 9,887ft
High Point: 10,605ft
Total Elevation Gain: 1,200ft
Estimated Time to Complete: 2-3 Hours RT
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate What does this mean?
Class: Class 1 – What does this mean?
Season: Year Round – Expect Snow November – May
Directions to Raspberry Mountain
Trailhead: Fourmile Creek
Getting Here: Take U.S. 24 to Divide, turn south onto Colorado 67 and drive 4.1 miles. Near a ranch, turn left onto a dirt road and follow it 3.0 miles to the trailhead. This dirt road is usually in pretty good shape and is maintained during winter months. As you get closer to the TH, there is a right you need to bare, but it’s pretty obvious where you need to go. In the winter, this is where the road is closed. In the Summer, continue another .6 miles to a signed parking lot on the left. The trail starts after crossing the small creek.
Parking: The summer TH has a very large parking lot that can fit 10-20 cars. During the Winter months, the starting point of this hike is shared with all the other hikes in the area and is much more limited with space for 5-10 cars. Neither area has bathrooms.
Dogs: Raspberry Mountain is dog friendly but dogs should be kept on a leash for this one.
Camping: The biggest no-brainer camping spot would be Crags Campground, just up the road from the trailhead. If you wanted to camp in the backcountry, there are several spots you could easily do that as well. You would just need to hike in about a half mile or so before finding good spots.
Hike Xfactor(s): Year Round Hiking
Hiking during the Winter and Spring months in Colorado can be tricky. Deep snow and TH access makes many of our high peaks and event National Forest very hard to access and when you can, they often require a much higher skill level and lots of extra gear, not Raspberry Mountain. This peak can be done year round with some microspikes, hiking poles and maybe snowshoes. Best of all, the winter TH adds only another ¾ of a mile of hiking.
Hike Tip(s): Pay close attention to the signs when hiking up to the summit. The Raspberry Mountain trail crosses a few others along the way and although its well marked, you could be easy to get on another trail if you were not paying attention.
Make it a Loop: Although this hike is out and back, there are lots of other options in the area including the Crags Trail and of course Pikes Peak both of which can also be hiked during Winter and Spring months.
Best Views: Raspberry Mountain is fairly uneventful until you get to the summit where views are good in almost all directions.
Raspberry Mountain Hike Route
- Men’s Trail Runners
- Women’s Trail Runners
- La Sportiva Trango Hiking Boots (Men’s)
- La Sportiva Trango Hiking Boots (Women’s)
- Backpack (Winter)
- Backpack (Summer)
- Food & Water
- Optional: Garmin inReach
- Optional: Hiking Poles – 120CM
- Microspikes in winter
- Optional: Snowshoes in winter
- Optional: Gaiters (in winter)
- Optional: Garmin Fenix Watch
- Optional: GoPro, Joby Tripod, GoPro 360
- Optional: Drone
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Trip Report Raspberry Mountain: October 2022
Aria, Jackie and I were looking to sneak in one more fall hiking day with the foliage before Winter rolled in and ended the colorful season. We also didn’t want a massive hike so we landed on Raspberry Mountain. The drive down to the hike had pretty good foliage still but unfortunately all the trees on the hike itself had already lost their leaves for the season.
The trail up Raspberry Mountain was very easy to follow and not a super taxing hike overall. The trail started with a small climb, then worked through some rollers before the final loose and steep section right before the summit area. There were a few trail intersections along the way but signage at all trail intersections was straightforward. Even with low hanging clouds, the summit views were still good and all three of us had a good time and enjoyed a somewhat mild Fall day outside.
Raspberry Mountain is not a destination hike, but a good one to stretch the legs at during all time of year which is somewhat hard to come by in Colorado.