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Herman Gulch Trail #98

 15 votes

3.3 Miles 5.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,692' 516 m

Ascent

-32' -10 m

Descent

11,989' 3,654 m

High

10,309' 3,142 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Minor Issues

38 days agoUpdate

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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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 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
Sep 2, 2017
Hannah Warren
Aug 27, 2017
Jon Dickes
Intense elevation gain, quite busy, loud groups, great views. 8.2mi
Aug 11, 2017
Corey Woodruff
Round-trip 7mi

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  4.3 from 15 votes

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Conditions


Minor Issues 38 days ago
Snowy, Icy - Snow and ice starting to accumulate on a portion of the trail, but still not too bad.
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