Some 64,000 drivers pass by this peak above Monument on Interstate 25 each day, but it is usually overshadowed by higher Front Range neighbors. It’s too bad, because the trail offers a great summit experience close to home, with great views of Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy. The peak can be climbed from several points, depending on how much exercise you’re looking for. The main trailhead begins four miles up Mount Herman Road. From there, it’s a steep 1.1 miles to the 9,063-foot summit. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Denver and Mount Evans. This is so close to home, especially for folks in the Monument and Palmer Lake areas, it makes a great pre- or post-work hike.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–R. Scott Rappold