I've only done this one once 2 years ago. We did it in the snow, and enjoyed ourselves. We had the whole place to ourselves. Maybe we will get lucky and have another such adventure.
*If this is your first event/hike with our group for 2014, please bring your $5 annual dues with you. It will be collected before the event begins.*
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip, 300 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: moderate, due to length
From the start of Forest Road 322A (it's a closed road), walk north for about a mile. Here we will find a creek bottom and a outcropping of granite. After passing over a small creek, continue for about 100 yards. Here you will find a larger creek, and I've read a motorcycle skeleton. From here the road starts to climb. We'll turn left and follow Monument Creek. Initially the trail may be a little sketchy. It will on the right side of the creek. We'll take this trail for 2 miles, going thru a wide marshy area of willow trees and some beaver ponds. Continue thru this area sticking to the left branch of the trail (the main trail). We'll continue on until we come to a spot where we will see pond. This is the halfway point and our main destination. We can continue on for another 1/4 mile til the trail hits Rampart Range Road.
From here, we can walk down Rampart Range Rd (by turning left after arriving at the road). We'll then turn left onto Mount Herman Road in about a mile, then walk 2 more miles to the area where the cars are parked.
Or we can just backtrack on the trail.
To start the hike:
Take US Hwy 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right onto Baldwin Street (McDonald's). Drive about 3 miles. Turn left onto Rampart Range Road. Then in about 4 miles, the road will come to another intersection, turn Right onto Mount Herman Rd (Forest Rd 320). Drive a little more than 2 miles. You will see Forest Road 322A on your left. Park on the side of Mt Herman Road here.
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