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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.

Pro Tips

  • If 2.2 miles round-trip doesn’t quite meet your expectations for a hike, you can start lower, where Schilling Avenue meets Lindbergh Road just west of Monument. Follow Trail No. 715 as it winds through meadows and enters forests of Ponderosa Pine. After 3.5 miles, it reaches Mount Herman Road. Hike east on the road a short ways to the Mount Herman Trailhead. On the descent you can return to Trail 715 or hike down the road to one of the many unmarked trails that roll downhill.
  • Mount Herman Road can be difficult for passenger cars, especially when wet, so use caution.
  • Be sure to stop along the lower stretches of the road and see the pinnacle that is Monument Rock, just south of the road. It seems to have no place in the middle of these meadows.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    –R. Scott Rappold


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