Take a hike | PostIndependent.com

Take a hike

Featured hiking trail: Raspberry Creek Loop Trail, No. 1968

Location: Near Marble in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness ” Sopris Ranger District

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. Not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

Trail use: Light

Length: Nine miles

Elevation beginning and end: 8,200/11,300 feet

Gear: It would be wise to take along a map of the area and trail, along with a compass.

Getting there: From Carbondale travel south on highway 133 for approximately 25 miles. Turn left on County Road 3 and continue for seven miles past the town of Marble. Parking is available at the old Marble Mill.

Trailhead: Hike up the Marble Quarry road .5 mile to the trailhead.

Tips: It’s suggested to take the right fork, about one mile into the hike, to Raspberry Creek Trail. The trail loops around and returns to the same point from Anthracite Pass.

The trail is visible in the trees, but becomes more difficult to see in the open meadows and sometimes fades. Follow the trail south to a ridge that separates the White River National Forest from the Gunnison National Forest.

The trail disappears completely as hikers exits the trees and enter the meadows at the base of the ridge. This would be a good point to turn around for inexperienced hikers.

To complete the loop from this point, directions suggest to travel in a southeastern direction, straight left, to the top of the ridge and follow it east. This will take hikers to a very steep overlook of Anthracite Pass. Drop north off the peak and travel east until you encounter the trail a few hundred yards below the pass. The section of trail should be well defined, but stay where another trail veers right, to the northeast, hooking up with the Yule Trail.

Information provided by the White River National Forest

Aspen-Sopris ranger district

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User