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Herman Gulch Trail #98

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3.3 Miles 5.3 Kilometers

1,692' 516 m


-32' -10 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (14°)

11,989' 3,654 m


10,309' 3,142 m


Shared By Tom Robson


All Clear 81 days ago
Snowy - Trail is firm. Don’t need snow shoes until the top History

Getting forecast...

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

Tom Robson

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.


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.


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Jan 1, 2019
Clancey Potter
Beautiful in winter! The trail didn't go all the way to the lake and veered off to the left but still had a great view of the bowl. Didn't need sno… 5.5mi — 3h 00m
Dec 29, 2018
Roudy Hildreth
Clear and hard trail. Didn’t need snow shoes. 3.1mi
Dec 1, 2018
Ryan Schafer
Sep 30, 2018
Jim Turner
Sep 23, 2018
Rachel Pierstorff
Sep 22, 2018
Vanessa Bayer
Lots of dogs off leash 6.6mi
Sep 8, 2018
Heather Lee
Jul 28, 2018
Clancey Potter
Nice hike for wildflowers! Steep in parts but not brutal. Pretty crowded even though we started before 8am. 6.8mi

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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. Feb 14, 2018

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