Mount Herman Trail

MODERATE 193 reviews
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Mount Herman Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
898 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

I'm old. I'm slow. I'm happy I was able to solo this hike and get to the top on a beautiful day. Not too crowded, I got to the summit but didn't see the logbook. Now I'll have to do it again! Some steeps 1/3 of the way in with scree when you come down. I had some poles to supplement bad knees so it worked out okay. I didn't see Kansas City, but I did see Denver...pretty cool. Now as I drive up and down I-25, I can look over and say, "I've been to the top of that one."

10 hours ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Quick and fun trail for some incredible views. It's short but steep -- did the roundtrip experience (including 20 minutes of view savoring) in a little over an hour. We passed a family with small kids having a difficult time of it. I'm not sure I'd want children at the top, given how steep the cliffs are, but to each her own. Great time overall!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Lush trail with rewarding views, but challenging to follow trails. There were several trail splits but no markers indicating which routes were more difficult. We ended up on steep grade with lots of gravel. Chose milder trail for descent and it was still pretty steep. Worth it for the views.

hiking
17 days ago

23 days ago

Not one dog on leash! Poop everywhere

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27 days ago

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30 days ago

7/17/17: I went in on the back side.... coming in from the parking lot. when the trail splits I kept to left. passed what looked like an old cabin maybe someone set up some die ed logs for a shelter. then just passed that was a tee pee. the trail curves to the right and head up hill to the left. at the top is a bigger TEE Pee. the trail then splits again. I kept to the left and eventually was at the bottom. went through and overgrown trail came to a split and kept to the left this is where it starts off a bit steep. but trail is still evident. eventually it gets super boulderie and steep. very sketchy cause some spot are drop offs. you make it to one view point where you get a great view of Palmer Lake. head further up to the very top there will be a camp fire spot and the view is panoramic. the whole way up i would get dizzy if I looked to the right because of the height and I thought what the neck did I get myself Into . but there were no regrets. Just a little up and over the side of the mountain to the paragliding spot and follow the stacked rocks down back to the parking lot . I made a nice little 3 mile loop according to my GPS. I feel like it may have been more because of signal loss but not sure. I started at 11:30am took my time and returned back at 2pm. If you want to see pictures I did upload some of what I took.

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite local hike to date! Absolutely recommend!

1 month ago

Moderate is a subjective term. I enjoyed the heck out of this trail. My wife came up short at the last climb. But if you take it slow, you can make it. It is a bit more climbing than Seven Bridges. But the views! Phenomenal! Use the app to take you right to the parking spot. Rough road the last 3 miles but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views at the top and at a few points along the way. The drive to the trail head is also pretty, but I don't recommend a sports car on that dirt road!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

I went last weekend and it was definitely worth going the extra distance for the true summit - awesome views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, we had 4 adults and kids not in the best of shape and everyone made it to the clearing below the summit. Trail was difficult to find so two of us scaled up to see a flag that turned out to be shirt on a warning pole and then located the actual summit flag to sign the book. Very good view from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Steep but rewarding.