Sometimes when you’re knee-deep in home renovations and paint has completely taken over your life and you’ve completely given up on dusting/cleaning because, folks, plaster is a son of a bitch… sometimes when life is like that, you just need to retreat to the mountains. Okay, so life might not be like that for many of you but for me that has been my daily reality since vacation ended!
But I don’t want to tell you about home renovations today, I want to tell you about retreating to those lovely rocky mountains. More specifically, retreating to Raspberry Mountain located in Divide, Colorado.
Raspberry Mountain is an easy trail, around 6 miles round trip. I won’t lie, there’s a part of this hike that’s pretty steep and it will deceive you and make you think that is NOT an easy-to-moderate hike and that Google is a liar BUT I promise it’s easy breezy!
Now before I get into all the hiking details let me back myself up and tell you how to get there because if you are anything like me, you’re really good with directions but you will miss the turn and end up in Victor, Colorado and then turn around and end up back on Highway 24…
- Headed west on Highway 24 turn left on Highway 67 once you’ve entered Divide, Colorado.
- You’ll pass Mueller State Park on the right and you’ll take the immediate left after this, there will be a handmade sign that reads Craggs and ladies/gents THAT is your turn! (This is important, look for that sign and know that it is the immediate left after Mueller State Park!)
- Follow this road and once you get to the Mennonite camp make a right turn and a little ways down the dirt road there will be a parking lot on the left.
- Park and enjoy your hike!
At the start of the trail you’ll cross a small bridge and go over a little stream. There will be a warning sign that tells you that Raspberry Mountain is now an unmarked trail BUT a real sweet someone decided to bring in some laminated signs, sharpies and duct tape to guide you along. But I’m fairly certain the trail would be easy to find and stay on without the signs.
After the stream you’ll start with some switchbacks and a few small hills. You will cross through a tiny meadow (first photo) but the trail is mostly shaded. With the exception of one very steep hill this trail was seriously more like a stroll through the woods than a hike up a mountain.
My best advice for hiking this trail is, if you plan to start it then you must finish it. This is not a hike you’ll want to do a little piece of because all the views are at the top. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete the 3 mile trek up the mountain and the 3 mile descent.
For reference we completed the 6 miles within 2 and a half hours. That includes a stop at the first view-point and our stop at the top. We usually don’t hike for time though… we tend to take our sweet time and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful silence extra long.
While we didn’t bring one of our furry family members I think it is safe to say that this would be an excellent hike for a dog or two! I truly think this is an easy enough hike for all ages.