Herman Gulch Trail #98
ElevationAscent: 1,692' 516 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 11,989' 3,654 m
Low: 10,309' 3,142 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Quickly earn some amazing mountain views and slowly gain an alpine lake on this easy-to-access route”— Tom Robson
Family Friendly If kids can make it all the way to Herman Lake, they'll love exploring the unobstructed lakeside.
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.
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