Mt.Herman (9063 ft / 2762 m) dominates the view over the town of Monument and is easily visible from I-25. It's a short but fairly steep hike with impressive views at the top.
Shortly after you start from the trailhead the trail (#716) starts climbing steeply. After about half a mile you reach a small meadow. Shortly afterwards the trail turns right and climbs sharply up to the top of the ridge. Once you reach the top turn left and continue north to the summit. Enjoy the views of Monument, Palmer Lake and Air Force Academy.
Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
Directions: Take exit 161 off I-25 in Monument and drive west on 2nd street. After crossing the railroad turn left on Mitchell Rd. After half a mile turn right on Mt.Herman road. Last 3.5 miles of the road are unpaved and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. There is a small parking area at a sharp bend of the road.
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