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Herman Gulch Trail #98

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (43)

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.

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Tom Robson

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  4.6 from 43 votes

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Photos

Fall color and snow dusting over Herman Gulch.
May 12, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
Pettingell Peak on the far right
Nov 8, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
The Citadel
Jul 26, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Looking across the highway to Mount Sniktau.
Jul 1, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Heading up Herman Gulch.
Oct 23, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
On Herman Gulch Trail, cresting treeline, almost there!
Oct 23, 2016 near Georgetown, CO

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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
Jul 15, 2020
Claire McDaniel
W Enzo. 7mi
Jul 6, 2020
Ann Zweig
Jun 15, 2020
Micki Balder
Hiked with Luke and niki so a little slow, but very pretty and a nice moderate hike 6.6mi
May 30, 2020
Patrick Glenn
Lower portion is mostly dry and passable. Upper portion has large patches of snow where most people were post holing.
May 18, 2020
Mike Amolsch
Lots of snow. Warmed up on way down, post hole hell. Amazing views- incredible day- but post holing was very tough- bruised shins next day! Loved it 5mi