Mount Herman and Rampart Range Road

HARD 25 reviews
#53 of 170 trails in

Mount Herman and Rampart Range Road is a 38.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
38.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

views

8 days ago

Hard? What is listed isn’t hard at all. Apparently you can get to harder areas to navigate but we couldn’t find them. The first part of the ride was awesome. It was super easy but the views made up for it. The last 15 mins or so were obnoxious. It was all bumpy washout. No challenge- just annoying.

1 month ago

The Mt. Herman part of the trail was fine. Super easy, but great views and rocks. The Rampart Range part was awful. It was 95% washboard and made for a terrible ride. Subarus and Suburbans were flying by us and you could see they were shaking their cars to death. We love a good, challenging trail but washboard like that are no fun.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail started at GoG and is a beautiful drive any stock sedan should do fine on. Once you reach the Loop it gets a little interesting. I went left at the fork with my 4Runner that has a small suspension lift. Had to 4WD for few spots and if you are unskilled at off-roading I wouldn't attempt this with anything stock.

off road driving
3 months ago

Note- to get to the “hard” parts, you’ll need to drive about two and half hours out to where the trail shows the loops on the map. There (AND ONLY THERE) is this trail hard. It’s worth the drive for those adventurous enough! Other than that, it’s a fun (easy) dirt road for cruising with beautiful views.

off road driving
3 months ago

Would say this is about a 4/10 trail no higher (in difficulty). Similar to Gold Camp Rd and Old Stage it has great trails that branch off along the drive. As of last weekend, the gate at the bottom of Garden of the Gods is now open again.

off road driving
7 months ago

road is closed during winter season

scenic driving
7 months ago

Beautiful easy drive. Have wanted to do this one for years and finally did it on this vacation. Great views of the devastation from the Waldo Canyon fires. Bumpy but easy drive.

off road driving
8 months ago

Definitely wouldn’t consider this a difficult trail for off-roading. Great views and plenty of pull off spots for pictures. Beautiful and well groomed road and easy to access from GOG.

off road driving
10 months ago

Definitely not hard. Well groomed road minus one section a few miles in with a small crack a foot across and maybe 8 inches deep. My 98 Honda Civic had no problems.

off road driving
Saturday, November 12, 2016

I'd say it's easy this time of year. Only the main road was open. Perhaps there are more challenging areas elsewhere with the opening of many of the closed areas in preparation for Winter. There was one pretty difficult area to navigate about the 1/2 point that appears as if someone created their own trail that's about 300' long that was pretty sketchy. I'd recommend having a guide and a somewhat modified vehicle if you attempt it. Many scenic areas and the Reservoir hike was an added bonus.

off road driving
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great trails Easy-Hard so many options!

Friday, August 12, 2016

The National Forest part was closed bit a good loop and great views

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great trail ton of beautiful views

off road driving
Monday, June 06, 2016

My wife and I drove this trail on Memorial Day weekend! I have done this twice now. Once in the dead of winter and now during the spring. This trails has a lot to offer for 4WD adventurers, it has many side trails to explore. Plus, if you take it to the end, the trail ends right in the middle of Garden of the Gods park.

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nice and smooth many trails to take to get away from folks and get to monument rock.

off road driving
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun trails for off roading

off road driving
Monday, February 23, 2015

Great Snow Run...

off road driving
Thursday, July 12, 2012

This is a great way to access Rampart Range Road and the associated trails from Northern Colorado Springs and Monument. The road is a little rocky so airing your tires down will make the drive more pleasant. There are many trails along Rampart Range for every activity and skill level.

hiking
Friday, August 27, 2010

This review references both the drive through Rampart Range Road, and also, Devil's Head trail (up to the last operating fire tower in Colorado), located just off of Rampart Range. The actual hike from the trail head is about 1.4 miles up. The hike is slightly steep (especially for those altitude-adjusting east coasters I've taken up with me). Despite the incline, the hike is fairly easy, with a well marked trail and plenty of benches and rock formations to rest should you (or the kiddos) need. It's also a good solo hike in terms of safety, if you happen to be a 20 something female who wants to be alone but safe. I've always run into fellow hikers and their families/friends. The fire tower itself is quite awesome. The employee who mans the tower has an adorable cabin at the top with an outside clothesline to hang his hand-washed clothing. (Yes. For some reason I found this amusing enough to include in my review).
The actual road in (Rampart Range) can be accessed in Sedalia and will take you (if you follow it all the way) to HWY 285 near Woodland Park/Bailey area. I was driving my boyfriends big old truck one time when I panicked at a narrow steep dirt hill. Threw the E brake on and let him finish the drive that day. Beautiful drive though! Part of it is accompanied by a stream (toward the 285 end) and awesome rock formations that make those who have never even rock-climbed wish to. The beginning of the road (from Sedalia) twists and turns quite a bit, but if you're careful and slow, you'll be fine. Definitely a trip worth taking, whether you're looking to find the trail head, or ride your dirt bike on the OHV trails, or simply drive your vehicle for the scenic benefits.

scenic driving
19 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

off road driving
3 months ago

mountain biking
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scenic driving
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