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Herman Gulch Trail #98

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (47)

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


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Point to Point

11,989' 3,654 m

High

10,309' 3,142 m

Low

1,692' 516 m

Up

32' 10 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

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.

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. And if you're feeling particularly ambitious, Herman Lake can also offer an access point to the dual summits of the Citadel in an ascent that involves some more technical scrambling.

Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

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Tom Robson

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  4.6 from 47 votes

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Photos

Fall color and snow dusting over Herman Gulch.
May 12, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
The Citadel
Jul 26, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Pettingell Peak on the far right
Nov 8, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
The trail from Herman Lake towards the Citadel.  Aim for the saddle in the center of the photo
Jul 26, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
On Herman Gulch Trail, cresting treeline, almost there!
Oct 23, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
Heading up Herman Gulch.
Oct 23, 2016 near Georgetown, CO

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Oct 19, 2020
Shireen B
Oct 12, 2020
Taylor West
7mi
Sep 23, 2020
Anna Laven
Sep 20, 2020
Dmitry S
Aug 9, 2020
Jeff S
2 moose; weather incredible. 8:46 start time - wine delay — 3h 00m
Aug 3, 2020
Mike Amolsch
Great day, saw moose, lake, kept going past Herman lake- climbed steep hill for an overlook view-on way down, slipped- injured shoulder but amazing! 11.5mi
Jul 24, 2020
S M
Jul 24, 2020
Anna Gasiewicz
Lots of flowers. Amazing views. Saw a few marmots and some snow 8.2mi — 3h 17m