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Mount Herman is a round-topped mountain in the Rampart Range that rises above the small town of Monument, north of Colorado Springs and features a short but steep run with a pleasing mountaintop payoff.

Written by

Deb Acord

Distance

2.2 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

16.4 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Seasonality

Summer and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

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Intro

Mount Herman is a round-topped mountain in the Rampart Range that rises above the small town of Monument, north of Colorado Springs and features a short but steep run with a pleasing mountaintop payoff.

What Makes It Great

Start at the trailhead near the town of Monument, and begin climbing.  At the half-mile mark, you’ll reach a pocket meadow, and then begin to climb more steeply. At the top,  continue north to the summit, and you’ll be rewarded with views of Palmer Lake and Monument and the Air Force Academy, as well as Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park far to the north and Pikes Peak to the south.

Mount Herman is in the Pike National Forest, and it is accessible from the towns of Monument and Colorado Springs. Herman isn’t a particularly high peak – it tops out at just over 9,000 feet – but it’s very visible from the I-25 corridor and the Palmer Divide. Nearby peaks include Raspberry Mountain and Ben Lomand Mountain, and this is the area where you’ll find the memorable Elephant Rock (a formation that resembles an elephant).

For more of a workout, you can connect with the New Santa Fe Trail in Monument. That trailhead is located on Third Street in Monument; the trail takes you south through the Air Force Academy into Colorado Springs. This trail is one of 1,600 rail trails developed in the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit that creates trails along inactive railroad lines throughout the country. The New Santa Fe Trail follows a portion of the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line, which was used to transport lumber from the surrounding forests in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Continue on this trail in Colorado Springs, and you’ll hook up with the Pikes Peak Greenway.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a scenic hike close to Colorado Springs. It features rock formations, and in the early summer usually has an explosion of wildflowers. The road itself is a popular motorized route, and the trail is favored by runners, hikers and mountain bikers.

After your run, check out the Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, that features a patio with a Pikes Peak view, food, and some innovative brews.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to Monument. Take exit 161 and go west. Turn west on Second Avenue and turn left on Mitchell Avenue. Turn right on Mount Herman Road and follow to where it turns to a dirt trail.  To find Mount Herman Road from Woodland Park, take U.S. Highway 24 to Woodland. Turn right on Baldwin Street; when you reach a T, stay to the left (Baldwin becomes Rampart Range Road). Drive six miles to a sign for a turnoff for Mount Herman Road. This direction is a favorite motorized route, and offers side-roads and trails for four-wheeling and dirt bikes.

Location

Mount Herman

Monument, CO,
39.08302, -104.88735

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