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Trail 715

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 3.3 from 3 votes
  Intermediate/Difficult from 2 votes
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Rank: #30 in the Colorado Springs area
#542 in Colorado
#3,445 Overall
Trail near Palmer Lake,  area, 
“A good singletrack climb connecting Schilling Rd to Mount Herman Rd.”
J Erik Hartel on Jul 21, 2013
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1.52.3 milesKilometers 4’1 m Ascent 7,652’2,332 m High 7.8% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -599’-183 m Descent 7,054’2,150 m Low 11.7% Max Grade
Description
This is a decent stretch of sandy, rocky singletrack that connects Schilling Rd to Mount Herman Rd. From Schilling Road in the east, this trail climbs along a packed sandy track over multiple small rock obstacles and water breaks. The trail climbs through a meadow of grasses and low scrub oak with Mount Herman rising directly to the front. The final 500m before Mount Herman Rd are fairly challenging with narrow, rocky, eroded singletrack giving way to a broad rock garden of embedded noggin-sized rocks that eventually intersects with Mount Herman Rd.

As a climb, this is a decent aerobic effort, especially if ridden at pace. As a descent, the trail allows for quite a bit of speed, although riders need to be cautious of uphill traffic. At speed, the water breaks and small rock garden segments present a challenge.

When approaching from Mount Herman Road, the turn-off can be difficult to discern. Riders usual mark the turn with a small cairn on the east shoulder of the road.

Several trails branch off this one, allowing access to the interior of Monument Preserve, and making this trail an essential part of any loop in Monument Preserve.
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May 31
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PHOTOS of Trail 715
 2.7 from 3 votes
Gate Post on Trail 715. (Palmer Lake, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
715 trail meets Schilling Ave. This is taken looking west from Schilling. (Monument, CO)
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