Mount Herman Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Monument, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Monument Colorado's Topological Highpoint Monument, CO, is about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, straddling I-25 today as it straddled the Rio Grande Railroad when it was founded in 1872. As Pike's Peak dominates the skyline west of Colorado Springs, Mt Herman rises majestically from the plain on which Monument rests. For those who like their mountains accessible and their hikes manageable, even by out of town visitors, Mt Herman is the place to go. The trek described here is about 2 miles round trip, during which the hiker will gain and lose about 1000 feet in elevation. The top of the mountain, from which Pike's Peak is visible to the southwest and Kansas City to the east (on a very clear day!), is only about 9100 feet high; so there is enough oxygen to enjoy the time one spends contemplating whichever scene is most captivating.
CLOSURE: FYI Mt. Herman Rd. is closed until October 15, 2016. I just drove it a little over a week ago and today it was closed with a sign saying closed from September 15-October 15, 2016.
I liked it but it was long. It was also more walking. I hade to go on four feet because it was steep on a mountain there was a bolder I loved the bolder.
We were looking for a hike, but the narrow, sandy trails would be better for running or cycling. We saw several cyclists and people walking dogs. Kids would have gotten bored had it not been for the brief interesting spots - Monument rock and a hill to climb.
First time hiking. Was somewhat easy, will have to go again, and look for something a bit more challenging next time.
Absolutely gorgeous. Not too rough for a beginner, just pace it.
Beautiful views, challenging in parts, but so worth it!
Awesome hike, beautiful flowers, and wildlife including a bear at the top. Best views around!
Not too difficult, great views all directions.
Beautiful views at top
Great views at the top!
Favorite trail to take visiting flat landers from the Midwest on. Once you get to the top you have great views of AFA, downtown Denver, Pikes Peak, and even the peaks around Breckenridge.
It is a very beautiful trail. Flowers and a a small stream. It was an accomplishment to make it to the top. A couple very steep areas and places where you have to maneuver through rocks. Worth the hike to the summit though.
Not the prettiest hike. But the views from the top are nice. Nice little meadow on the way up too.
The trailhead is 4 miles past where the road turns from asphalt to dirt. The road to the trail is slow due to being narrow, wash boarded, rocky, and there isn't a lot of parking. I drove my Subaru Legacy and made it just fine, but I took it slow on the road. I would definitely recommend hiking shoes with good traction, water, sports drink, and a snack. The trail itself is beautiful and well worth the drive. The trail isn't really well marked, but common sense and looking ahead, you can pretty well figure it out. Someone also marked the trail with 3 stacked rocks occasionally, which keeps you on the right track.
Not too difficult, great views of the plains and south to Pikes Peak.