Mount Herman Scramble is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Monument, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.7 miElevation gain1,692 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRock climbingBird watchingDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownRockyScrambleSnowOff trail
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Please avoid the administrative site at the Monument Fire Center, follow posted signs and park in designated areas. This is a challenging scramble up Mt Herman's east face. The lower section of the route winds through the forest, ascending and gradually getting steeper. The upper section of the route works along a prominent spine, presenting options between fun bouldering/scrambling moves and less demanding walk-arounds. The upper section is an unmarked scramble. Bring hiking poles for the descent. It is steep and depending on the tail taken may require the use of a fixed line in one section. Microspikes are also recommended for wintry conditions.

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Michael Borke
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David Voss
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Vanessa Wexler
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Delightful challenge on the way up....down (according to this app) was unmarked, super gravelly, and in the winter straight up dangerous if you’re not very experienced. If you go in winter, make sure to go with someone, wear really good boots and take your time on that decent! 2 stars for the lack of info and no marked trail second half of loop.

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K M
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing hike up! Would have given it 5 but instead of doing the loop I suggest going down the way you go up. No markings on the trail, and I ended up slipping off one of the rock faces at the top. Amazing hike just use caution

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Christopher Wallace
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HikingOff trailRocky

Nice view at the top, but even for a scramble and workout, just take one of the actual trails... way too much loose gravel for this to be fun or safe.

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Jason babi
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Keith Howard
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David Dornbrack
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Steph P
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Mitch H
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Up on the north valley was amazing. Great workout. Nice views and trail. Down the south face was miserable. No markings. Massive scramble and gravel. Dangerous. Once down in the trees it wasn’t bad. Good scrub oak leaf color change.

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Jessica Sato
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Anya Hiker
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HikingRockyScrambleWashed out

Keep right to avoid ropes. Wear crampons. I’m not kidding. Going down is murder without them. Follow AllTrails if you’re unsure.

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stefanie guerrero
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There is no sign or any markers for this trail. So have your AllTrails app up. Very hard incline and wouldn’t say the views at the top are with it.

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Bruce Wyrwitzke
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I keep missing the scramble “trail” at the top of the ropes and end up bushwhacking the last bit of the climb.

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Anya Hiker
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Highly recommend microspikes and if you don’t have those take hiking poles for the descent.

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Liam Rimbach
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HikingRockyScramble

Follow the trail in the right direction, going up the hard part is easier than going down it.

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GilbertGrapeTron User
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HikingBlowdownRockyScramble

(Relative to the more southern approach) Wouldn't recommend this unless you've got the gear and the knowledge to handle some very steep and loose terrain. Wound up going slightly more north then default map's loop around the south side (encountered the ropes others mentioned; likely very similar to Trevor Craig's recording). There was a lot of loose sediment, large rocks, and branches that can easily plow someone in the face if you're not careful and you are with a friend or two. Some of the boulders are also deteriorating so even if you get a good grasp it can break away. While I had a 25lb dog, 20lb backpack, 20lb weight vest and still managed to do it (took about 4 hours), I'd say it's not worth it to go on that "path" because it's very easy to get into a position where getting down is just as challenging as going up. Try some of the alternate routes others have made. At the very least, you will have a consistent signal and data connection.

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Lindsey Luther
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Difficult and rugged but beautiful and fun at the same time. Not for the faint of heart!

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Trevor Craig
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Nolan Cesario
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HikingRockyScramble

Hard to stay on trail. went bushwacking instead lol

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Alison Bryant
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

We ended up on this trail after trying to get to Raspberry, somehow we missed a turn! Rewarding views but no signs at all so hard to know where you are going. Sunny at the top, great workout!

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