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hiking
25 days ago

Nice loop trail. Took my dogs and stayed off the main path - lots of side options. Was nice to see other people with well mannered dogs off leash.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is an excellent, short trail that offers the opportunity to attain a peak that rewards the hiker with some gorgeous views. It's not the most exciting or the most challenging trail in the area, by any means, but its convenience, length, and difficulty level make it an ideal choice for a short escape or for a hike with newer hikers. I highly recommend being at the peak for the sunrise.

Super steep and not well marked at all. Luckily there’s cell service so I was able to use the app to get to the top though I ended up taking a different trail up somehow. I did not take the loop but came down the back side of Mt Herman. It’s just too steep to risk falling. Views were amazing however I will never do it again.

2 months ago

Dog friendly lots of flowers!

hiking
2 months ago

The drive up doesn't require 4WD, but high clearance is helpful. Decent shade and sweet views. As noted, the trail is steep and washed out due to lack of water bars, which can make the descent slippery in dry conditions.

Great trail! Would rate easy instead of moderate most of the time.

Great elevation gain for a short hike. Quite a bit of poison ivy along the trail but avoidable if you know what you’re looking for. Great workout.

It’s a very easy hike. Easy to find and get to. My lab and I hiked it today and had a great time. Lots of other trail cross cross so you could expand the hike

hiking
2 months ago

The hike is very pretty with a great view at the top. However, the trail is a bit too steep without good water bars in place. This means there’s a lot of uneven ground from erosion, as the trail looks like a very steep stream bed.

hiking
2 months ago

We didn't quite make it to the peak - did some other hiking first and ran out of time. Mount Herman Rd was a bit difficult to navigate due to the recent heavy rains. A low profile vehicle will have trouble until the road is re-graded. We drove an Outback and managed, but went very slow due to the washed out areas and exposed rocks. Several rocks were difficult to avoid and might damage the underside of a low profile car.

Family friendly hike to the summit of My Herman. Kids loved it, beautiful views of pikes peak and monument. A little tricky at the top to stay on course, stay to your left to get to the summit and it’s bit steep on the decent. Overall a great family hiking day.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike !! The temperature was perfect at 70 degrees -very few people. Not difficult great day!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike that can be done in a short amount of time. The description of the hike above is accurate. Follow the directions on the yellow start dot on the map carefully. There are multiple branches in the trail at the 0.2 mile mark where the trail takes off up the mountain. The trail does not cross the creek but turns back south and heads up the mountain. Many points in the trail are simply wide areas where water runs during storms. Near the top, hikers have left cairns to guide your way to the top. There is a windsock at the top and a metal pole near the windsock. The ammo box is at the base of the metal pole. This trail becomes a stream when it rains!

Do not jump into this scramble, or even the mountain, without exploring it a little first. As others have noted, there are a variety of social trails on the north and west slope of this mountan, and the scramble itself requires route-finding and moderate experience. You will almost certainly be bush-wacking on the route, so wear pants and long sleeves.

Great hike with Pikes Peak and Palmer/Monument overlooks.

Great trail. It’s not long but there are parts that are challenging. The trail is also hard to follow at time. Well worth the hike to the top though.

The trail was at times hard to find. But otherwise it is a great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a short and fun out & back with nice views as a reward. A couple of things to note. There a couple of challenging sections, the first is steep scree while the second is steep & rocky. And second thing to note, the trail begins to split & fracture near the top and it becomes easier to stray from the main path. All in all a good hike I've taken my small kids up a few times. If you're especially lucky you may find folks paragliding off the summit.

This trail should be rated easy IMO. Beautiful woods and great views from the rock area.

hiking
4 months ago

So... great trail. But we got lost. my fault. I'm new to this app and to Colorado, and i didn't read the instructions for the trailhead. We started at the Northern parking lot nearer Palmer lake, by the Yellow wind sock labeled "Mt. Herman." This trail went along the east side of the mountain, beautiful, well marked trail, but very steep. At about 1.8 miles up, we then turned South and got up to the Mt Herman peak that way. Coming back down the western slope, it is easy to tell why that is the more traditional route. It was much much easier and shorter. The whole thing took me and my three kids 16/9/9 years old 3 hours. We hitched a ride back down to where we parked with some friendly USAFA grads. Beautiful trail. Next time I will pay closer attention to the instructions. As I told my kids while we were lost, "Life is a Journey, not a Destination!!!"

hiking
4 months ago

We enjoy this hike! A great getaway from town, only a 20 minuet drive from the north side of Colorado Springs! Great views and plenty of wildlife.

Sort of a bushwhack. I was fortunate to be with a friend who knew the area well. He paraglides from the summit regularly. It would have been a much more challenging trek without him. In any event, a great time was had by all. We descended by the normal route in 1/3rd the time it took me to get up. BTW I am in my mid 70’s and the next oldest member of our troupe is 45.

hiking
5 months ago

It’s not a very hard trail but it‘s steep in some parts. Loved the views once we made it to the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy and light hike with a cool view of the city at the top!

I hiked this trail carrying my 30 pound toddler. I wouldn’t recommend this trail with a baby/toddler as a good portion of this trail is very steep. The view of pikes peak at the top is great though. Great work out.

hiking
5 months ago

One of the worst trails ever!

1) No sign at the trailhead
2) No sign ever at which way is the trail
3) Super steep and no place to grab for your safety- No stairs, but just dangerous paths.

I was able to get to the top where the flag is- but there was no way of making to the "loop" as the map suggested. I got lost so many times even following the map, this 2.7 mile hike turned into 4.1 mile hike and crazy enough to tell you but the "trail" took me to nearly to death experience because the path I follow took me to a cliff and I fell from my face. Yep, I didn't think I was going to be able to get back after all. Today's weather was foggy, misty and nobody was around get a help from. I DO NOT recommend this trail to a beginner and kids. Although the views were amazing. Wish they do better job on making this place safe.

Oh and please do not go there by yourself!

Hiked this with my 8 and 6 year old and they did great! Don’t think I’ll be able to convince them to go again because they hated the drive up. Trail was difficult to follow, but we were lucky enough to see a few people along the way who pointed us in the right direction. Views from the top are amazing and my kiddos thought it was fun to sign the log book in the green ammo box. We were hoping to watch some paragliders take off but decided not to wait.

trail running
6 months ago

Great views for a short hike

hiking
8 months ago

great hike, a bit steep but short with great views. very little ice/snow.

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