April 19, 2018 Slideshows » Columns

Raspberry Mountain-Limbaugh Canyon Loop 

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I wrote a slideshow guide here to hiking Raspberry Mountain, near Monument.  Now, I'll take that hike, and turn it into a loop. First, you'll want to review the Raspberry Mountain slides  — the loop starts with the same route, then continues following these directions:

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Bob Falcone
Once down on the north end of Raspberry Mountain, the trail meets USFS Trail 715. Turn left.
Bob Falcone
The trail follows along Monument Creek. After about .72 miles, Trail 715 goes left. The trail is not marked but the turn is obvious. Turn left here.
Bob Falcone
The trail goes through the wide Limbaugh Canyon, keeping the creek to the north side of the trail for about another 1.4 miles. This is the easiest part of the hike.
Bob Falcone
At about 1.4 miles, the trail crosses Monument Creek on this log bridge.
Bob Falcone
Right after the bridge, there is a fork in the trail followed immediately by another one. Take the right fork on both.
Bob Falcone
A few hundred feet after the second fork the trail crosses the creek, which you can easily rock-hop across. There is another easy creek crossing a short distance later, after which the trail rises steeply for a couple hundred feet. At the top of that incline, bear right.
Bob Falcone
The trail continues south, through a pines, aspens and huge boulders. After about a mile, or about 6.7 miles from the start of the hike, the trail crests a hill where another trail crosses it. Go straight and then bear slightly left. Do not make the sharp left turn.
Bob Falcone
A short distance later the trail drops steeply on an eroded, deeply rutted trail. Instead of going down the eroded section, bear left.
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At the bottom of the hill bear right. You'll see the remnants of an old car on the right.
Bob Falcone
Continue following the trail south, always turning downhill. At about 7 miles the trail meets Mt Herman Road. Turn left and follow the trail less than a quarter mile to the Mt Herman Trail parking area and your starting point.
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GPS track of the hike, which goes counter clockwise, starting at the lower right corner of the map.
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Bob Falcone
Once down on the north end of Raspberry Mountain, the trail meets USFS Trail 715. Turn left.

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