Ascent of Mount Herman on 2020-01-11

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Herman
    Elevation:9063 ft / 2762 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road was as reported a basic 2 wheel drive road but as a forest road bumpy and potholed. With the ice and snow patches I was happy to get to the trailhead with my 4 wheel truck but this could have been done today with a small AWD SUV safely. In summer a standard car should be find as long as they pick their line carefully and have standard clearance. But in winter I would recommend AWD or 4wheel and some clearance is a plus. There is only room for about 6 cars. The trail is totally doable as a winter hike as it never exceeds class 1 but it is steep in many places. I had micro-spikes and it would have been very dangerous without them as the frequent traffic has compacted the snow into ice. In fact, where the icey conditions existed on a steeper slope my spikes wanted to slide so you had to find the snowier sides for traction.

View is about what one would expect. A bit wooded in places so for a decent prominent peak it does not give a full 360 but definitely a good winter training hike because you get nearly 1000 feet in a little over a mile and the trail is easy to follow and never technical.

On the way down I followed a poorly used trail that seemed to follow the straight line dashed trail shown on the USGS map for awhile but then it looked sketchy so I bushwhacked back to the main trail but that added some unnecessary gain to the total the hike itself should be closer to around 930 feet normally.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:978 ft / 297 m
    Total Elevation Loss:65 ft / 19 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:923 ft / 281 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 913 ft / 278 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Standard south trail
    Start Trailhead:See GPS  8150 ft / 2484 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:55 ft / 16 m
    Gain on way out:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Time:31 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Monument Area-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ben Lomand Mountain2020-01-11 a536 ft / 163 m
2Mount Herman2020-01-11 b978 ft / 298 m
3Base 2020-01-11 c65 ft / 20 m
4Castle Rock2020-01-11 d400 ft / 122 m
Total Trip Gain: 1979 ft / 603 m    Total Trip Loss: 385 ft / 118 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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