Herman Gulch, is one of Colorado’s most popular trails for hiking and snowshoeing.

A moderately challenging hike through alpine forests and open meadows before reaching spectacular alpine tundra above treeline which soon leads to Herman Lake.

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Herman Gulch Trail is crazy crowded in the peak season. It’s close proximity to Denver brings in a lot of hikers.

We hiked in October after a few small snowfalls and just 2 wks before the big snows came and had only 10 other hikers about. What a great time to go… and it’s was warm! Still Indian summer.

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It’s a pretty strenuous start for about a mile or so.

I brought my sister-in-law for her first time and I thought she was going to kill me! It was tough. But don’t quit, you will be rewarded with a stroll through an open meadow and begin to see spectacular views of the Continental Divide between Pettingell Peak and Hagar Mountain.

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From here the trail goes in and out of trees and meadows on a nice steady incline. We encountered lots of snow in spots in the shaded forest but it was easily accessible without snowshoes.

Just before breaking out of the trees the climb becomes steep again and you enter tree line. It”s wide open tundra, with expansive views.

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Still a ways to go to reach the lake (another mile!) and getting very steep.

Our legs burning but it was exhilarating knowing we are close to reaching Herman Lake.

The wind was picking up a bit. It was getting quite crisp and cool as we got closer.

A trail you want to be prepared for with appropriate hiking gear. 



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We lost the trail as more snow covered the ground, but followed others ahead as they marked the trail for us.

A GENTILE REMINDER: Venturing off the trails damages vegetation, leads to erosion and impacts wildlife.

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I could feel my sister-in-laws excitement! So fun to share my love of hiking with her. She’s hooked!

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We made it. After a bit of showing off, we sat among the boulders for awhile. Surrounded by fresh snow on the peaks, it was stunning.

Hiking back down Herman Gulch Trail was possibly more astonishing. The views almost overwhelming from this high up.

Hiking down through the wide open tundra above tree line was definitely a favorite part of the hike.

LOCATED: North of Baskerville, CO., just before Loveland Ski Area. Exit 218 off of I-70. Turn right at the stop sign. Turn right again onto the frontage road. You’ll see a dirt parking lot for the Trailhead.

The Locals know: In summer arrive early to (hopefully) beat the crowds and the summer afternoon storms. Late fall is a great time in Colorado for any hiking trail. The fall colors are almost gone but so are the crowds. Crystal blue skies and not quite bitter cold yet.

Snowshoeing in winter in Herman’s Gulch: Be aware of 2 avalanche chutes about a mile up on the right and it’s advisable not to go above tree line to where avalanches are more prone. Contact: Clear Creek Ranger District before starting a winter hike.

TIDBITS

6.3 miles out and back

Elevation gain: 1,755ft.

Herman Lake sits at 11,987 ft. 

Rated: moderate

2 portable potties at the Trailhead

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Leashed dogs allowed

Dispersed camping

Arapahoe National Forest – for camping information

Clear Creek Ranger District – for trail conditions

Nearest Towns East on I-70, Georgetown and Idaho Springs

Nearest Town West on I-70, Silverthorne (Summit County)

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