Mount Herman Trail

#12 of 136 trails in Pike National Forest
Mount Herman Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Monument, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.2 miles 889 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking nature trips trail running walking forest views wild flowers wildlife
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Directions from Monument: From Monument travel on Mt. Herman Road 5 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.

Bill Howerton
9 days ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Quite a bit of snow on the trail today.

Jenn Sylvester
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Love this trail!

Taylor Liptack
3 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Road on the way to the trailhead was very icy and rocky, but trail is relatively easy. I've never hiked before and made it to the summit in just under an hour. The steepest part is towards the beginning, once you get past that the rest is fairly easy. Trekking poles were nice for the icy parts, and spikes helped on the way down. Amazing views for the entire hike!

dustin gish
4 months ago

31 Completed1 Reviews

Ray Byrd
5 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Parts of the trail were covered with snow and ice but Its a pretty nice trail. As others have stated it gets a little tricky at the end.

Gary Sexton
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Trail becomes a little hard to follow towards the top but just keep heading north and once you reach the top be prepared for amazing views.

Jesse Faeth
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike up to the top with tremendous views east and west. First mile is the toughest, a lot of elevation gain to start. Dirt road getting there was a little rough.

Slim Sieben
6 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

An amazing view of the city from the top. I lost track of the trail about 1.5 miles in but using my Google GPS I was able to find my way to the top as the All Trails GPS stopped showing the trail once mobile data signal is lost. Good cell signal at the top. Well worth the moderate hike. Now time to find my way back down.

Lisa Warteman
6 months ago

45 Completed10 Reviews

Please note that this trail is 900' of elevation gain in 1.1 miles. For those who don't know what this means, it's basically a staircase. It's very steep and strenuous, especially beginners or flatlanders. There is a lot of scree on this trail and it can be very precarious on the way down if you are not an experienced hiker. I passed 2 groups of people on this trail this weekend who had no clue the distance or difficulty of the trail and one group did not have any water and it was very hot and dry. They were about to pass out and weren't even 1/3 of the way up (they were flatlanders). I guess people just pass by and see cars and think "oh, look a trail, let's go up it." Always KNOW THE TRAIL BEFORE you hike it and you should have a map, especially when there is not one at the trail head. The first portion of the trail is very steep with loose scree, then it levels off, then it's very rocky and steep the rest of the way. I highly recommend hiking poles if you have them. Reward at the top.

Judy Pretzer
6 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing views from the top. A little steep in areas for me, but well worth it.

Ben Shaum
7 months ago

11 Completed6 Reviews

Easy and fun trail. Clearly marked and easy going. I used to hike this trail at night with some friends and we could see the lights from the tri-lakes region, Colorado Springs, and Denver all at once. Good memories. It's a great place to catch a sunset or a sunrise.

Greg Peoples
7 months ago

47 Completed15 Reviews

Nice trail for a family hike and great views from the top.

Rob Fairbank
8 months ago

15 Completed7 Reviews

David Seyfried
8 months ago

21 Completed7 Reviews

Finished this today with our 5 year old and 2 year old. A few steep areas but nothing that was not manageable. Amazing views all around from the top. Will definitely be doing it again.

Jen B.
8 months ago

Great trail. We took our 9 year old thinking it was an easy trail. I love the trail but it was definitely not an easy one but, so worth it once you make it to the top. Breathtaking.

Annie Harshberger
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews


Andrew Koloski
9 months ago

22 Completed7 Reviews

Great hike for good views from the top. Some pretty steep sections at the start with loose gravel and then mid-way through with rocks. Recommend poles or walking sticks. Pretty crowded on a summer weekend morning -- get there early to beat the rush.

Rob R.
9 months ago

Great trail, not too hard, rewarded with nice views from the top. Good for dogs - not too many people and easy to keep an eye on them. Will do again.

Casey Averett
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

First mile is where all the elevation is, about 1,000 ft almost right from the start with loose gravel slopes that can be precarious in areas. At the 1 mile mark great views of Monument and North Colorado Springs.

Taylor Cline
11 months ago

12 Completed4 Reviews

Great easy hike close to home!