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Monument Preserve Loop

 4.3 (21)
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4.9 Miles 7.9 Kilometers




556' 170 m


-557' -170 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (6°)

7,444' 2,269 m


6,951' 2,119 m



All Clear 5 days ago
Dry - Very rocky at and down through Flow Dog History

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The best moderate loop in Monument Preserve.

J Erik Hartel

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This loop starts at the Mount Herman trailhead at the corner of Nursery & Mount Herman Road. This singletrack route can be ridden in either direction depending on mood. Overall the ride travels through approximately 5 miles of scrub oak with wonderful views up at Mount Herman.
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Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

On weekends, this area, especially Mad Hatter and the entire lower portions of the Preserve, are usually relatively busy with hikers, walkers, and trail runners. Therefore, caution should be taken when descending as many parts of the trail have limited visibility due to the scrub oak.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Start at the Mount Herman Trailhead, leaving from the northwest corner on Mad Hatter. When ridden in a counter-clockwise direction, Mad Hatter is a great easy uphill that twists itself unchallengingly from the TH to the access road to the Pikes Peak National Forest fire center.

At the access road, follow the dirt road north for 200ft before crossing over Mount Herman Rd to connect to the Renegade Trail, which lies on the far side of a small pullout/parking area on the north side of Mount Herman Road approximate 25m west of the junction of the Fire Center access Rd and Mount Herman (MH) Road.

As described elsewhere, when ridden CCW/up, Renegade is a fun lightly aerobic climb through a jungle of scrub oak. The trail twists and turns crazily as it snakes its way westward - when ridden down, the trail is a bike-handling challenge, requiring supremely good bike handling skills and balance to negotiate the turns at high speed.

Renegade eventually pops out on Red Rocks Rd. Turn left (south) on RR Rd until it intersects with MH Rd approximately .25 miles later. Immediately before the intersection is a short connector trail on the right that cuts off a bit of the road. If you miss the connector - no big deal. Just turn right on Mount Herman Rd and follow it until you see a line of rocks on the left shoulder. This marks the turn-off to the nexus of several trails - including Monument Rock to Mt. Herman Rd, Flow Dog, and at least two others.

Flow Dog (formerly known as the "7400 Contour" Trail) is located on the right as you descend into a cluster of scrub oak. The route swings south just below Mt. Herman Rd and continues along a rock-strewn singletrack trail that bounces through multiple rock gardens for the next mile or so. Although it lacks any significant climbs, this trail undulates across the lower slope of Mount Herman, dipping in and out of downslope drainage from the road and mountain above. The only potentially confusing turn occurs near the end when the main trail turns hard right, inadvertently directing the rider onto a particularly sinuous stretch of moderately technical singletrack. Stick to the right along the milder piece of trail.

150m later, the route splits left and right. Take the left branch and cruise down Monument Trail (715). This trail is an intermediate trail because of the periodic drop-offs and unexpected rock obstacles that threaten to unseat inexperienced riders carrying too much steam into the blind corners. In the opposite direction, it's a moderate climb that can be an aerobic challenge when ridden hard.

After .7 miles, Monument Trail (715) merges with the Schilling Avenue for approximately 100m. Look for a singletrack spur that branches off to the left and connects to the Schilling Trail. Also a decent piece of singletrack, this trail careens through several easy obstacles and water-bars, eventually ending at the Mount Herman trailhead.


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Jun 17, 2018
Jenny Montague
Jun 17, 2018
Jay Elmore
Smooth windy climb. When paralleling Mt. Herman Rd. On west side at base of mountain becomes very technical with repeated rock gardens had to walk 5.7mi
Jun 16, 2018
Albert Koscielny
Mad Hatter and Renegade are fun. Flow Dog has many sections with large rocks that I wasn't comfortable riding over. 5.8mi — 2h 16m
May 27, 2018
Jenny Montague
May 26, 2018
Cody Wright
May 17, 2018
John Lynn
May 10, 2018
Julian Oliver
I took mount Herman road up to a different trail back to the loop. Skips the stupid rocky parts, and much more fun on the way down. 5.8mi
May 7, 2018
Julian Oliver
Awesome ride, gonna try again reverse another day for sure. 5mi

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This trail is very poorly marked. Although it is a great ride, be prepared to constantly be lost, looking at your phone's GPS and backtracking. What should be a 1 hour ride will turn into a 3 hour tour. Have fun! May 20, 2017
Just tried this trail for the first time yesterday and did the entire 5-mile loop. Fantastic trail and wasn't very crowded at 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon. My only comment is similar to what Rob said: the trail(s) aren't marked very well. I downloaded the MTB Project app on my iPhone and checked where I was on the map each time I hit a junction. Jul 2, 2017

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