Mount Herman and Raspberry Mountain Loop via Whilte Ghost Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
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Mount Herman and Raspberry Mountain Loop via Whilte Ghost Trail is a 9.3 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

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forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

23 days ago

Nice long hike with some ups and downs. Make sure you have gps - only way to follow the trail silence there are a lot of unmarked trails on this mountain. Struggled to find the Flow Dog trail after splitting off from 715 so we ended up using the dirt road back to the parking lot.

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1 month ago

85 degrees mild weather but 70% shade helped me from overheat. I was going to give 5 stars but changed my mind to 4 because the map was messed up. There was no way to get on Flow Dog trail after I got on trail 715. I had to go around and use alternate trail but I made it back. Not crowded at all, maybe ran into 6 bikers and 5 hikers all total during my 3.5 hour hike. Beautiful wild flowers, I enjoyed the view so much. Have fun!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Quite beautiful this time of year!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Good trails, easy terrain, poorly marked trail markers and a lot of unmarked sub trails

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Nice long loop. Started at Mt Herman TH therefore 1st 3/4 of loop was well wooded and quite enjoyable. Walking up the road the final 1/4 was less so. Lots of crossing trails along the way so have a good map or follow all-trails track closely.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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.

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