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Monument Creek Trail 715

Pristine Back Country Jaunt
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Monument Creek flows north through the Front Range, around the north side of Raspberry Mtn, and down into the town of Monument, where ... more »

Tips:  Directions: Leave I-25 at exit 161 (Hwy 105) and head west through the older section of Monument (Hwy 105 turns north just past the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is clearly marked, with room for about 10 vehicles. Be sure to pull completely off the road. There are no facilities here, nor is there a water point. Just hop out, lock up, and start walking.

2. Trail Splt1

This whole part of the National Forest is well used. Unofficial trails branch off trail 715 where people have gone off to explore other interesting looking areas. Most of the time, the main trail is easy to follow. I’m marking what I consider to be junctions that might cause confusion. At this first split, stay to the right.

3. Trail Splt 2

Take the left had side of this split. You’ll begin to climb. As you come around the corner, you’ll see an old car rusting under the trees. This seems to be the result of a failed solid-matter-transporter-beam experiment, because I couldn’t find a road to this point.

4. Trail Splt 3

About .3 miles into the hike, you’ll reach a saddle in the ridge running down behind Mt Herman. Go straight ahead. There is a trail running down the ridgeline, which looks wider and more well used. Cross this and continue down toward the valley floor.

5. Big Rocks

As you’ll see when you arrive at this point, the granite boulders provide a beautiful setting for a place to relax and enjoy this remote corner of the wilderness. The pictures here were taken in early springs; so neither the oaks nor the aspen were wearing their summer coats. Thus, this spot alone deserves more than one trip.

6. Trail Splt 4&5

“You take the high road & I’ll take the low road …” This is more a bifurcation than a split. It doesn’t matter which route you take. They both resolve into the continuation of Trail 715 about 500 ft farther down (or up, depending on which leg of the journey you’re on) the trail. Once you reach the bottom of this section, you’ll come to a small... More

7. Turn Around

This point is 1.5 miles from the trailhead. If you turn around here, you’ll complete the advertised 3 mile hike. I could have gone farther, but it was late in the day when I arrived here. The granite walls of the valley provide a solid contrast to the wispy tendrils of bare aspens.