Herman Gulch Trail #98

 14 votes

3.3 Miles 5.3 Kilometers

 

76% 

Runnable

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

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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
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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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

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  4.2 from 14 votes

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#2728

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Minor Issues 4 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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