Mount Herman and Raspberry Mountain Loop via Whilte Ghost Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monument, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Mt. Herman Rd. to Limbaugh Canyon via CO trail 715 to HZ trail to White Ghost trail The Mt. Herman Loop can be done via mountain bike, distance run, or hiking. On the bike, it is not a ride for beginners and must be done clockwise. A KMZ file is available down on the right under "Other Resources" for Google Earth users and for export to other platforms. To get to the trailhead, take exit 161 and go West on 2nd St. Make a left on Mitchell Ave and a right on Mt. Herman Rd. Follow Mt. Herman Rd. onto the dirt and make a right on Red Rocks Dr. The parking/turn-around is on your right. Starting at the small lot near the intersection of Mt. Herman Rd. and Red Rocks Dr., you will climb Mt. Herman Rd. up about 1000 feet to 8400 feet to the top of trail 715 and then descend into Limbaugh Canyon. The canyon is a mix of rolling open space trail and tight steep switchbacks. The farther you go down the canyon the more technical the ride becomes with rocks impeding your route. It's not a problem for those on foot. Once you reach the front (East) side of the mountain, the trail is very technical and riders will have to hike through some of the ascending switchbacks. The descents are very technical but certainly rideable. Follow the GPS carefully so you don't end up down the hill in someone's private property. When you get back to the parking area there are many options to extend your ride below Mt. Herman Rd. If you've got some mountain biking experience, this scenic ride is well worth the effort. Very few people use this trail and the views are marvelous.
Beautiful hike through the woods on White Ghost trail and around the mountain. I came down the mountain on Mt. Herman road which made the return trip a bit sketchy with cars going up. First half of the hike made it all worth it. My phone tracked 13.5 miles rather than the 8.9 that All Trails showed on the app.
Definitely farther than 9 miles. Fairly easy hike but you spend 3 miles walking on mt Herman rd which is fairly dangerous. I suggest (if there are 2 of you or more) parking one car at the lower parking lot and one car at the top lot (just before you go on the actual trail to skip this part and cut out the long, hot, uphill, dangerous gravel road walk.