|Tunnel of Aspen trees early in the hike|
I wanted to get Josh out into the mountains so he could see the changing aspen trees for himself, rather than through my pictures; so I planned a great hike for us, one I had been "saving" since I knew it would be really cool in the fall.
Raspberry Mountain in Pikes National Forest stands 10,605 ft above sea level, a rocky summit that is dwarfed by nearby Pikes Peak. But the views from the top are by far my favorite views on top of any mountain I have climbed so far, including numerous 14ers. There is something really cool about climbing a 'smaller' mountain, you get better views of the scenery below (since you are closer to it) and amazing views of the larger mountains and ranges,; especially with the fall colors giving dimension to the long range views. This is a must hike at any time of the year, but fall just might be the best time of year on Raspberry Mountain.
Getting there: From the town of Divide, Colorado, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Colorado Springs; drive South on highway 67 toward Mueller State Park, 4.2 miles. Go past the State Park for about 200 yards around a curve and turn left onto Teller County Road 62; there is a sign for The Crags Campground. Road 62 is the very next drive past Mueller State Park on the opposite side of the road. Teller CR road 62 is dirt, and the road immediately crosses a creek with a small bridge. You don't want to pass the road because it's difficult to turn around and go back.
Continue on dirt road 62 for just over 1.1 miles and you will reach the small trailhead. It is just before a very sharp hairpin curve to the right; you will see a gate and you can park in front of the gate or on the side of the road. The trail starts here, you will probably see other vehicles here on the weekend.
|The only view of peak (in center)from trail|
Above, the trees part often for views of the surrounding mountains especially Pikes Peak.
Above; more aspen trees, more pikes peak, Colorado blue sky. Need I say more?
Above, you are greeted with this view when you reach the top! Wow! Catamount Reservoir, Pikes Peak to the east and south
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