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Herman Gulch Trail #98

 17 votes

Length

3.3 Miles 5.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,692' 516 m

Ascent

-32' -10 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

11,989' 3,654 m

High

10,309' 3,142 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 6 days ago
Snowy - Snowshoes highly recommended. History

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Quickly earn some amazing mountain views and slowly gain an alpine lake on this easy-to-access route

Tom Robson

Overview

Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: If kids can make it all the way to Herman Lake, they'll love exploring the unobstructed lakeside.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Starting on an old sawmill road, this trail emerges out of the forested trees within a mile of traveling. From here onwards, the subalpine wildflowers add beauty to otherwise rocky terrain.

Towards the top of the trail, rock cairns (rock piles) lead the way to Herman Lake. This trail is a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Herman Lake provides the perfect setting for exploration. Enclosed by Pettingell Peak, the view across the lake is unobstructed and stunning. If you're feeling up to it, a quick scramble can allow for even better views across the valley.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy the wildflowers in Spring! You have a chance of seeing bighorn sheep and mountain goats, if you're lucky.

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Feb 11, 2018
Brian Huber
Great snowshoe with SM. Short lunch at the lake before heading back down. 6.6mi
Nov 29, 2017
Jeru Kidder
Hard packed snow all the alway up. You need microcleats this time of year and snowshoes at the top near the lake. 6.6mi
Nov 7, 2017
Christopher Rose
Mostly snow covered especially as you ascend towards the lake. Trail is packed snow but you should wear waterproof footwear and gaiters. Enjoy! — 2h 00m
Oct 20, 2017
Nick George
Oct 15, 2017
Debbie K
6.6mi
Oct 8, 2017
Aaron Rodgers
Amazing trail! Very difficult. 3.3mi
Sep 23, 2017
Jade Krueger
Sep 4, 2017
Bob Halliday

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 17 votes

#1

in Front Range

#114

Overall
  4.4 from 17 votes
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#1

in Front Range

#20

in Colorado

#114

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3,959 Since Jul 1, 2015
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Brian Huber
Golden, CO
Brian Huber   Golden, CO  
This is one of my favorite trails in the Front Range; has a little bit of everything in a ~3 mile package. Makes a great winter snowshoe too. 2 days ago

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