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Mt Herman

Monument Colorado's Topological Highpoint
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Monument, CO, is about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, straddling I-25 today as it straddled the Rio Grande Railroad when it was... more »

Tips:  Directions: Leave I-25 at exit 161 (Hwy 105) and head west through the older section of Monument (Hwy 105 turns north just past the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is a small parking area at the bend of a hairpin curve on Mt Herman Rd. It can hold about 8 cars, depending on how considerately people park. The trail is marked by the 716 brown and white trail marker. The hike begins on the west side of the mountain, south of the peak. The trail is on the right (east) side of the draw. Follow the... More

2. The Long Run

Now .4 mile into the trek, the trail levels out somewhat and begins to run north along the back side of the mountain. Granite rock formations appear on the right (uphill), and more of the Rampart Range is now visible to the west.

3. Creek Beds & Peak Views

At this point, the trail turns east (right) again and begins a serious climb to the saddle just below the top of the mountain. It will seem as though the trail is indistinguishable from a small creek bed. This perception is correct; the rounded rocks are evidence of this type of erosive action. Along this portion of the trail Pike’s Peak makes its... More

4. Fire Pit

Just below the actual summit, is a sheltered area with a fire pit. The town of Monument is visible below, but the top is yet to come. The trail works its way further north another 400 feet.

5. Summit

This is the top. The wind indicator flag just below the ridgeline finalizes the position. From here the Palmer Divide is clearly visible as it pokes its finger out onto the plain below. It can be quite breezy up here; so hold onto your hat. Take your time and explore the mountain top. Remember to turn around and look to the west as well!