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The Pride of Monument: Mount Herman

September 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Pride of Monument: Mount Herman

The Palmer Divide defines the geographical separation between Colorado Springs and Denver.  Mount Herman is the prize of this area, overlooking Palmer Lake, Monument, and the Tri-Lakes region with an elevation of 9063 feet.

Looking toward the plains from the summit one can imagine the earliest Native American tribes living off the land or the first homesteaders working small farm plots.  Maybe the mind sees the post-Civil War laborers laying Rio Grande Railroad tracks or early potato and grain farmers harvesting the fields.

On a clear day Denver can be seen from the summit.  Pikes Peak is prominent to the southwest.  And some reports say that Kansas City can be seen from here as well.

Access the trailhead via Mt. Herman Road on Forest Service Trail 716 after riding through Monument on 2nd Street and then onto Mitchell Ave.  Prior to reaching the trailhead the dirt road narrows around some corners with some exposure.

This is a short 2 mile round trip with nearly 1000 foot elevation gain.  The trail is steep in some places and follows a rocky creek bed for a good portion.  I use this trail for training in the spring as I am preparing for more demanding hikes later in the season or anytime I want to get in a morning hike.

The first time I climbed Mt. Herman was in September of 2013.   A short-wave radio operator had set up his antenna on the summit, planning to spend the day making his radio contacts.  On the way down I met a family out on a day hike and picnic on the summit.  The relatively flat and long summit of crushed granite provides many places for a private, relaxing experience with great views.


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