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Herman Gulch Trail #98

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (50)

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


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

76%

Runnable

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°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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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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Jun 16, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Aug 4, 2020
Chris Brockmeier
1h 50m
Aug 1, 2020
Elizabeth Stapleton
3.3mi — 9h 22m
Jul 7, 2020
Emma H-p
Walked it. Slightly muddy in places but overall wonderful gentle incline. The lake is nice. Pettingell is the hard part so pace yourself. Good shade 6.6mi — 3h 14m
Jul 7, 2018
Victoria Grace
Jun 11, 2017
amyville
Snow in upper shade, needed yaktrax and poles. LS layer and shorts, WP shoes. Trail markers buried. Def go back again, though. 4mi — 3h 30m
Aug 27, 2016
Luke Philips
Jul 17, 2016
Luke Philips