So this morning I woke up at 4:30am. No alarm, just the natural awaking of the body. I wasn't super motivated to ride but I've been looking at the Rassberry Chateau trail for a while on Topos and a quick look at the radar showed Monument to be free and clear. Time for a morning road trip.
Denver in the early morning light
I found my parking place on Mt Harmon Rd and explored some trails to the north east
I worked my way over to the south of Mtn Herman Rd and the trails quickly brought me here
I then made my way back to the north side of Herman Mtn Rd and found this
Eventually my new found trails brought me back to Mtn Herman and it was just time to climb
Flowers are starting to show everywhere
an eventually I ended up here...
I just couldn't stand the fact that I was passing this out and back without seeing the top so up I went
Some hike a bike required
The top was worth the effort though...View of Pike's Peak
The descending was awesome...
a little further up Mt. Herman Rd and I come here...There was an extention of this to the left that begs to be explored later
So many trails from the motos who have abused the area but somehow I find the right track the 1st time
and the good riding beyond
All I saw on the trails all morning were hikers and all of them were the kindest of folk. At inspiration point one of them offered to take this picture
from Inspiration Point the trail eventually crosses private property...so you have to be quick to find the HZ trail
The rewards are worth the effort
a shrine to a fallen rider, hiker?
Dirty Woman Creek...Monument locals...story behind this?
I've gotta say Monument...you've got some good riding down your way. I'll be back.
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