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Quick Facts

Raspberry Creek Loop Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,100 Feet (966.3 Meters) at highest
Ending Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters) 11,300 ft. at highest
Length: 9.0 Miles (15.0 Kilometers) 14.4 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1968
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Marble




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General Description

This lightly used trail offers beautiful scenery as well as solitude. The loop over Anthracite Pass is arduous, but scenic. This trail is very difficult to find in spots, so bring a topo map and compass.

Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 25 miles past Carbondale. Turn left on County road 3 and continue 7 miles to Marble. Parking is available at the old Marble Mill. Hike up the Marble Quarry road 1/2 mile to the trailhead. Upon reaching the trailhead, hike south approximately 1 mile to the fork in the trail. Take the right fork to Raspberry Creek Trail and return from Anthracite Pass on the other trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow at high elevations may prevent access to this trail in Late Early June and Late September.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: rice-tx (austin, TX)
Time of Day: 7:30am
Length of Time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a beautiful and very challenging day hike. For perspective, I recently did a 25 mile day hike in Grand Canyon. Though not as difficult as the GC hike, this was still a tiring day. My wife who is not a frequent hiker kept the pace a little slower, but she was able to complete the trip - but there were moments of doubt. The scenery was outstanding. I've never seen so many wildflowers, meadows just covered. The valleys surrounded by ridges were stunning. The views from the top are as great as you would expect. The challenges were that many meadows were waist high bush wacking, maybe because of all the rain. And we lost the trail at least 3 times. I got more practice route finding than I ever had, which actually was kind of fun. But hikers really, really need to be prepared to route find, with maps, gps, and common sense.
Conditions: Muddy crossing Anthracite drainage - most difficult point to follow trail.
Water Availability: Great water in Raspberry creek. We took two liters per person, but refilled in Rasberry just in case. Not so great water on the return part of the loop.
Recommended Clothing: fairly hot all day.

Time of Day: Morning/Afternoon
Length of Time: 6 Hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was a very tough and strenuous hike. In the Raspberry Creek drainage the trail disappears in the meadows and is hard to find. Bring a map. The trail is very steep getting to the ridge but the views are fantastic. There was lots of snow left near the top and there was no trail on the downside because of the snow cover. Just headed down the drainage for 1,000 feet until I luckily picked up the trail again.
Conditions: Lots of snow above 10,000 feet. Many fallen trees across the trail. Saw no other people and no other tracks left in the snow from other people.
Water Availability: Plenty of steams and runoff all along the way
Recommended Clothing: I went in shorts and t-shirt and sweated most of the way up.
Suggested Accessories: Bring a map and know how to use it. The avalances erode the trail and it disappears completely in the meadows.

Time of Day: over three dyas
Length of Time: three days, two nights
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This hike is beautiful, and very isolated. However, it is HARD. I backpack fairly frequently, and run on a regular basis... however, my legs still hurt enought that I struggle going down a staircase and it's been 2 days! Also, after the ascent, the trail was VERY hard to find (we had a GPS and a topo map). We ended up on a dangerously steep downhill slope to get to some lakes in the valley...
Conditions: little rain
Water Availability: difficult the way we did it. Raspberry creek was covered by this year's avalanche until up farther than we expected and the only flat spot for camping was quite hard to access. The next night we camped at beautiful lakes in the valley, but risked our lives (exaggeration...) to get to them.
Recommended Clothing: The usual for colorado. Rain gear, layers.
Suggested Accessories: TREKKING POLES

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I ran into snow in the Raspberry Creek Drainage at approximately 11,000 feet on 6/25. That made the hike more difficult. I didn't complete the loop. Instead I took an unmaintained trail from the Marble Peak ridge to Anthracite pass. Bring a map and enjoy the views!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Raspberry Creek Loop Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Raspberry Creek Loop Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Raspberry Creek Loop Trail
Yes



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Tyrolean Lodge, 200 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-4595 or 888-220-3809, Fax: 970-925-4598, stay@tyroleanlodge.com

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Grateful Deli, 223 E. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6647

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