Limbaugh Canyon / 715

3.56 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
tough grueling climb up to mt herman road where you cross and continue climbing. stay on 715 at the top of this hill, then enjoy the downhill and flowy single track through some over grown wooded areas which will eventually lead you overtop of palmer lake watershed. when you get to the fence, go through it and head down hill to the left. you will have to ride you bike throgh the houses in palmer lake to get back or park a car near the watershed.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How was it named? -Guest

A: I am guessing someone named Limbaugh road his bike off the cliff and died.

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Reviews (7)


June 19, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
Review: A couple of more items. First, it should be noted that none of the routes added to the map for this trail actually represent the Limbaugh Canyon portion of the 715 (Monument) Trail. And only one map route represents the lower half of the 715 trail. So don't get confused by these postings. Second, there seems to be some nice new reroutes dropping into Limbaugh Canyon. And once you get near the creek, there are a couple of times where you have to make choices due to the reroutes (the old routes aren't closed). But no worry, the routes reconnect with each other each time.


June 19, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
Review: All in all a fun challenging ride, and a nice way to get away from the crowds. Several thoughts for a review. First, the climb up the 715 trail from the Mt Herman Road-Nursery Road THD is demanding. If you're not up for it, then you can lessen the initial demand of the ride by riding up the Mad Hatter, Renegade (Twisty Oaks) trails and then take the Mt Herman Road the rest of the way to where the 715 trail meets the road. It's nearly 6 miles of climbing, but the grades are moderate to easy. Second, there is now a partial loop around Mt. Herman. From the THD on the road on the south end of Mt Herman, follow the 715 trail mostly NW into Limbaugh Canyon. Then head down the canyon along the creek mostly NNE, all the way to the overlook of Palmer Lake (you'll know when you get there) on the north end of the ridge coming off Raspberry Mountain. From this overlook, you drop down a wide fun DH for just a minute or two, and take a right on a much smaller trail called "HZ Trail" (not an easy trail with rocky steep climbs). Follow this until it meets the "White Ghost Trail". Follow WG until it brings you out on Red Rocks Road where Renegade/Twisty Oaks meets RRR. That completes the partial loop. Third, there are a couple of places where you could go off in the wrong direction. One is on the south end of Mount Herman. After the initial steep loose climb up from the THD on Mt Herman Road, go maybe 200 meters on the gradual grade trail. Take the left turn here. Do not keep following what looks like the main trail. That heads N-NE, but you want to go WNW towards the drop into Limbaugh Canyon. The second place is the turn onto the HZ Trail mentioned above. It's really easy to blow right past that trail as you speed down the hill. Fourth, read the reviews on MTB Project for this loop and for "Mule" trail. Both descriptions are quite helpful for navigating.


August 1, 2016
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: I recommend doing this as a shuttle ride if you have the option. Drive up Mt Herman and leave one car up top. You won't likely come across another mtn biker if you go during the week. I would say this area does not get the same attention in terms of trail maintenance as a lot of the other front range rides, so don't expect a dreamy singletrack experience, but there is a lot of fun to be had and some good spots to challenge your technical riding.

Granny Gear

June 7, 2015
trenton722 Granny Gear  
Review: Outstanding ride! Brought my wife and my dad(72years old) on the trail and they were all smiles until the 8 mile mark and we had to climb up HZ Trail. Ride it clockwise for most fun. Make sure and keep your MTB app on you if its your first time...easy to take a trail that dead ends! Very scenic and fun trail, can't wait to hit it again!

Granny Gear

April 30, 2014
paul304 Granny Gear  
Review: This trail is ok if you like a long climb without the reward of a decent downhill. I'm unsure why it's rated a black; I think it's more of a blue. I did it once and wont to it again.


June 7, 2013
Review: We got on this trail purely by accident. Got on the Mt. Herman trail and because it was poorly marked, we managed to get lost and get on to the Limbaugh Canyon/715 Trail. Man, this trail is tough! It just kept going uphill and it just did not end! The uphill was not the worst part of it, loose gravel terrain, rocks, roots and overgrown plants that poke and hit you in the face made riding this trail less enjoyable. This trail was soooo poorly marked. You are pretty much on your own when you are up there. There are a bunch of break off trails that were confusing because there were just NO SIGNS on them! Instinctively, we kept to the right thinking that we would make a loop eventually. We were loosing light fast and were in a crunch. Just kept riding the trail while hoping for the best but it just kept on taking us uphill and deeper into the mountain. We were probably about over 18 miles into this trail with no hope in sight and close to dark so we just decided to carry our bikes up the mountain to a nearby dirt road. Rode the dirt road downhill back to Nursery Road where we parked. It was close to 8pm when we got back to the car, over 4 hours just flailing lost in this stupid trail!!! Markers and signs would have helped a lot!!! My least favorite trail in Colorado so far!

Similar Trail: Nothing like it in my experience!!!!



March 20, 2015
Guest Gnarly  
Review: Don't judge a trail based on your lack of knowledge or fitness. Limbaugh is a local favorite of Palmer Lake and Monument riders. There are a few options for expanding your ride too. I like a mini Limbaugh version of riding up the Reservoir trail out of Palmer Lake, climbing above the upper reservoir onto Balanced Rock road, dropping into trail 715, joining Limbaugh at the halfway point, following it out back to PL- all in about 45- 50 mins. What can be better: a HARDCORE CLIMB, a great wilderness feel, gorgeous unspoiled views, some technical challenges and you finish it off with a powerful endorphin high. This can be expanded by taking a right when coming into Limbaugh and working a 30 minute 'out and back' by back tracking to its original entrance from tired ol. Herman road.



August 1, 2013
Guest Gnarly  
Review: This is a wonderful, rugged, backcountry trail that offers a rare backcountry riding experience which means you have to enter the unknown with only your information gained through research and from there rely on your skills. Only stupid people call trails stupid.


February 12, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
Review: You can get a real backcountry feel close to town on this trail. Once on the west side of the ridge, you completely lose the sense of being so close to civilization. The climb is tough and there's a few confusing forks along the way, so it's good to hit this one with someone who knows it.

Limbaugh Canyon / 715 MTB Trail 3.56 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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