Mount Herman Scramble

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Mount Herman Scramble is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pine Crest, 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

off trail

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. Downloading the GPX track is highly recommended. While the lower section is reasonably well marked and obvious 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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5 months ago

Download or bring a trail map with you. There is a web of trails and social trails here and there are no signs or trail markers. The hike is pretty much straight up and straight down. There are no switchbacks except towards the bottom. Trekking poles are definitely needed as there's loose dirt on steep trails.
When we got to the top we couldn't find the south side of the loop trail. There were multiple trails at the top making it quite confusing!
It's a hard workout! But it's quiet and very shaded! There are beautiful views along the hike and at the top!

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7 months ago