Mount Herman

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  • Hiking the trail to Mount Herman.- Mount Herman
  • The Mount Herman Trail.- Mount Herman
  • A beautiful break in the trees.- Mount Herman
  • The trail is open to bikes as well.- Mount Herman
  • View from the Mount Herman lookout.- Mount Herman
  • Nearing Mount Herman's summit.- Mount Herman
  • Climbing up the rocky summit.- Mount Herman
  • View from the ridge.- Mount Herman
  • Windsock at the summit of Mount Herman.- Mount Herman
  • A view from the summit of Mount Herman.- Mount Herman
  • Mount Herman's summit is a perfect place for lunch.- Mount Herman
  • On the road back to Monument.- Mount Herman
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Fun hike. Dog friendly.
Cons: 
Possible crowds.
Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
8,173 ft (2,491 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
890 ft (271 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mount Herman is a beautiful hiking trail not far from the town of Monument. Trailhead parking is limited on the narrow dirt road that winds around steep drop-offs, but the views are worth it. Not far into the hike the trail takes a sharp right turn up the side of the mountain. A secondary trail leads straight ahead into a small clearing. The trail that continues straight leads through a number of campsites at the base of the mountain. Taking the right-hand path, the trail leads steeply up the slope. At just over 1 mile each way, the hike is steep, but it is full of wildflowers and birds during the summer months. The trail leads along a steep slope and through a clearing of tall grasses beside a small ditch through which a water trickles.

There is a quick scramble over some red rocks to reach the summit. The path leads past a windsock flaps in the breeze. At 9,100 feet, the views from the top of the cliff faces are extraordinary. Edging down the far side of the mountain, the views stretch out as far as the eye can see. Chipmunks scamper about, and they are not shy about wanting to share some lunch. The town of Monument lies below, while to the south is Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy. There isn’t a better place to have a picnic, walk your dog, or go for a nice hike with the family.

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