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Limbaugh Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Once again I have not done this one in a while but it is a superb ride. Ride up Mtn Herman road for an open and easy climb. The trail head access goes through what people use as a shooting range. Lots of liter. Getting up and over this is key. Lots of fast flowy single track.Beautifull scenary. Rode it a few years ago and hardly ever ran into people. The area has grown a lot sinc then though. Watch our for mtn lions and bring a friend. LPHS class of ''97
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Latitude
39.08983432815507
Longitude
-104.90346908569336
Trail Directions
Park at the bottom of mt herman. Take the road up about 6? miles. The trail head is to the right and is hard to miss. There's no sign but the area has been used as shooting range and a party spot for years so there's lots of liter. Ride up past this to get some of the best and most beautifull single track I have ever been on. Getting out is tricky. The old route led through private property which has since been fenced in. The official way out is to take a left at one of the junctions and take the fire roads out through palmer lake. You can explore the back roads to get back to the mt herman parking lot. Or take the old rail to trail from palmer lake (on the lake) back to monument.
Trail Length
20 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Monument
Zip/Postal Code
80132
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 20, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cdaler ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great singletrack ride, a new exit has been developed by the USFS to go around the grumpy land owner. The new trail is pretty technical in some sections, but takes you really close to some cool rock formations. Balanced Rock Bike and Ski is no more but Tim Watkins(owner)has a new place at the Monument Ride Center located at 2nd and Old Denver Highway (aka Beacon Lite Rd) in Monument. http://monumentbicycles.com/



Comments
ctirpak (06/11/2011)
cdaler - unfortunately you are mis-informed. The USFS has not created a re-route. The new route you describe is still on PRIVATE PROPERTY and remains ILLEGAL! The only legal exit continues to be to take the turnoff to Balanced Rock Road and either go back to Mt. Herman Rd or down to and out via the Palmer Lake reservoirs.

Folks - FOMP (http://www.fomp.org) continues to work with the owners and the USFS to secure the property in question and re-open the rest of the loop. In the meantime if you go there you are trespassing and potentially endangering the land deal we have been working on with USFS for 7 years. It may still take several more. That is just how slow it is dealing with the US Government.

In addition, shooting in the area (particularly at the trail intersection with Mt. Herman Rd.) poses a huge risk to anyone using this trail. We are trying to get the USFS to do anything/something about shooters shooting directly down the trail and across the trail but they feel their hands are tied. They can regulate hikers, bikers, and equestrians but not the shooters. FOMP has had bullets impact in and around this trail while we were performing much needed maintenance. I'm not making that up. Ever since the range on Rampart Range Rd closed Mt. Herman Rd. has become a free for all for recreational shooters and they have no idea where their bullets are going. Be careful out there.
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Review Date
April 27, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ctirpak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is as described by previous poster.

Recommended Route:
Trail is open but you must go the Palmer Lake Reseviors to exit. The original finish crosses private property and the owners do not want anyone, hikers, bikers, or equestrians on the property. There are ongoing negotiations with te property owners to get land turned over to the USFS but these things take time (too long, mostly due to lack of funding for the USFS) and the more we respect their wishes the easier they are to negotiate with. Please see Balanced Rock Bike and Ski in Monument if you must ride this trail to get instructions for how to exit correctly.



Comments
COSK2 (05/17/2011)
Amazing - what a hidden treasure. If you can survive the shooters below you on the road when you first enter, the trail turns into a smooth, flowing downhill joy. There are a few technical spots along the stream, otherwise, blast away! Two options to end, continue down into town or slog up and over to the Palmer Lake reserviors. Plenty of other rides available in this area.
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