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The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake; connects with Baker and Dodgeton Trails, goes over Raspberry Mountain and ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421).

This is a multiple use trail, so ATVs and motorbikes are permitted. The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake and connects the lake with Baker, Shortcut and Dodgeton Trails. The trail follows the contours of the drainages in a rather roller coaster fashion without really gaining any elevation.

There is a scenic view about 1/2 mile from the trailhead that leads up a burn scar to (where the unique Limber/Bristlecone forest is growing up). One can look out over Cuchara valley and the ski area.

The Baker Trail junction is reached after about 1.5 miles. After 3 miles one can connect with Shortcut Trail and the Dodgeton Trail intersects after about 5 1/2 miles.

At about the 7 mile marker, Bonnett Park is reached. It is a big, open meadow. Then you gain about 1000 feet getting to Raspberry Mountain. As you drop back down, you travel through ponderosa, scrub oak and Mexican locust. There are some southern exposure red rock formations that are interesting to view and some switchbacks. The trail ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421) and at that point you are about 8 miles north of La Veta.

Directions: From La Veta, Travel South of La Veta on Highway 12 to Forest Road 422 (Blue Lake/Bear Lake Road). The trail begins on the north side of Bear Lake, about 5 miles southwest of Highway 12. Parking is available.

Elevation: 10,520 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,700 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,180 feet

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

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