Posted: Feb 03, 2011 by Sam Szarka
If winter blues have got you down, try this destination idea. Although well known by locals as a scenic destination offering 9k ft. peaks, aspen lined creeks, boulder strewn canyons and miles of 4WD trails, the Mt. Herman area is little known and unexplored by most.
Mt. Herman is located on the eastern edge of the Pike National Forest near the towns of Monument and Palmer Lake, CO. These two towns are readily accessible from interstate 25 on exit 161. This accessibility makes the Mt. Herman area a local playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and 4WD clubs.
Mt. Herman Trail – Climb 9,063 foot ele. Mt. Herman. Follow Mt. Herman Rd. to the trailhead on the outside of a lefthand hairpin turn. The trail is marked Trail 716. There is room for approx. 4 or 5 vehicles to park there.
Limbaugh Canyon Trail – Well worn by mountain bikers, this trail offers a trip down a creek bottom and ends in the town of Palmer Lake. Only a short distance further up the road from the Mt. Herman trailhead, the Limbaugh Canyon trail is located on the outside of another hairpin bend. There is room to park there.
Mt. Herman Rd. is a dirt road accessible to SUV’s and (mostly) passable by passenger vehicles (although not recommended). Access it from Monument exit 161. Head west into town on highway CO-105. At the CO-105 & 2nd St. intersection do not turn right but head straight into Monument on 2nd St. At the Mitchell Ave. stop sign turn left on Mitchell Ave. After 0.6 mi. Mt. Herman Rd. will be on the right. After 1.5 mi. on Mt. Herman Rd, the pavement ends. Further on, the road enters the national forest.
Mt. Herman Area Map – purchase from MyTopo.com