Had the peak pretty much to myself today and just sat and enjoyed a snack and took a ton of pictures. Lost the trail on the way up (did some class 2-3 scrambling and followed the GPS)but I guess I missed the cairns which were pretty obvious on the way down. Ran down to the trailhead in about 8 minutes. All in all, a great little hike with a little bit of everything (rivers, forests, scree, scrambling, prairies, awesome views from the summit) that I recommend to all.
Route Climbed: Red Rocks Drive Trailhead, Down West Side, Return on Mt. Herman Road Date Climbed: 16 Oct 05
Nice hike on a beautiful day. We assumed the east approach to the summit would be easy because the trail is in great condition at Red Rocks trailhead. As often happens in the mountains. appearances are deceiving and the trail soon petered out (or maybe we just got lost). Anyway we bushwhacked up the northern ridge (it was easy to follow other tracks to the summit) and made the top in about 1.5 hours. On the ridgeline as we walked south to make the actual summit we found a most amazing site. We ran into a rock formation that was covered with thousands of ladybugs. It was amazing and beautiful at the same time. We have no idea what they were doing but they literally covered the rocks. It was really cool. We decided to go off the west side of Mt. Herman down trail 716 and walk out on the Mt. Herman road. The hike took a lot longer than we planned but was beautiful and we concluded under a brilliant moonrise. Great hike!