Raspberry Ridge Trail #228 is a hiking trail in Cochise County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua Wilderness Area. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 6,153 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,029 feet. The Raspberry Saddle can be seen along the trail. There are also screes along the trail. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts.
Raspberry Ridge Trail #228 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A backpack from Rucker Canyon to the Chiricahua Crest Trail, 5.7 miles one way.
This trail forms the most direct link between the Rucker Canyon area and the Chiricahua Crest Trail. It climbs Bear Canyon and then follows a heavily burned ridgetop to meet the Crest Trail at Chiricahua Saddle. Because of the burn, the trail was already difficult to follow before the winter rains of 1994–95, and the wet season was expected to further erode the trail tread. Check with the Douglas Ranger District for current trail conditions, and expect some map-and-compass route finding above the head of Bear Canyon. Note: Once the trail reaches Chiricahua Saddle, the nearest water source is Eagle Spring, 0.6 mile southeast of Chiricahua Saddle."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
"From the Rucker Trailhead in the southern Chiricahua Mountains, this rugged loop climbs to the crest of the range on the Raspberry Ridge Trail. After traversing a section of the Crest Trail, you return via the Price Canyon and Rucker Canyon Trails. Large sections of this loop were burned in 1997 and there’s little trail maintenance. Expect slow hiking because of deadfall and trail erosion. The trail follows the seasonal creek west to the campground and trailhead, which is 3.4 miles from the Red Rock Canyon Trail."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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