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Limbaugh Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (10)

A moderate to strenuous trail through Limbaugh Canyon.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

8,407' 2,562 m

High

7,383' 2,250 m

Low

730' 223 m

Up

1,576' 480 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

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Description

This is a challenging singletrack trail behind Mount Herman through Limbaugh Valley. The trail starts off Mount Herman Rd. There's ample parking at the base or park further down the mountain and enjoy a leisurely hike up Mount Herman Rd to warm-up.

From the start point, the trail immediately heads up several steep, gravely climbs of >10%. The trail then continues to climb up to a ridge before dropping into Limbaugh Valley after a series of narrow switchbacks and traverses.

Once in the valley, the track becomes wonderful and smooth fluid through meadows and treed segments. There are a few stream crossings that appear with little warning. There are few opportunities to get lost, except as the trail curves around the north end of Mount Herman and begins to drop down into an old, rocky mining grade. This grade will eventually end in private property, so is not an option. Look for a steep trail that heads south, up and across the face of Mount Herman. This will keep you out of private property.

For the best hike, I recommend parking at the trailhead at Mount Herman Rd & Nursery Rd and using the long climb to the start of the trail to warm-up.

Overall, this trail is not a cakewalk, but the trip through the valley makes it worthwhile.

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Brian Smith

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Photos

View of the Town of Palmer Lake
Sep 7, 2016 near Palmer…, CO
Aspens in Limbaugh Canyon
Oct 14, 2018 near Palmer…, CO

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Jun 20, 2020
Steve Struble
Apr 6, 2020
Chris Rice
Intermittent snow cover in Limbaugh canyon on north and east facing trails. 2.5mi — 14h 00m
Jul 19, 2019
jen kammerer
Oct 13, 2018
Brian Helfrich
Jun 12, 2018
Sharon Stratton
Mar 3, 2018
David Orner
5.3mi
Jun 8, 2017
shawn brennan
Trail is in great shape after the winter/spring runoff. Route finding along the last quarter of the route is a bit odd, though you can't get lost.