Herman Gulch Trail

MODERATE 240 reviews
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Herman Gulch Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles 1814 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

skiing

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Idaho Springs, Georgetown: Take exit 218 off of I-70. At the stop sign turn right and then turn right again and take the frontage road east to the parking area. The trail begins by the restrooms in the parking lot.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike, definitely need spikes to get up a good ways. Snowshoes are absolutely needed to do the entire hike! Go left when the trail splits if you're trying to make it without snowshoes. You can make it about 30/45 minutes in before you are start to really sink. Dogs loved it!

snowshoeing
2 days ago

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Gorgeous day. Stopped just short of Herman's Lake. Storm started to roll through pretty quickly so we decided to head back down.

Used micro spikes until the last mile. Started to punch through so we switched to snowshoes. Can wait to return for a summer hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike I live really close to it. Never dissapoints

snowshoeing
24 days ago

This is a pretty trail. A good one for my first time snow shoeing!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful lightly trafficked trail. Since no one is out there really, having your dog off leash was awesome. A place a dog can be a dog! Snow was great, and though the trail is not very clearly marked as far as the trail itself, if you look it up in advance, you will be fine! The trailhead is super easy to get to also!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Only made it a few miles in until we were making fresh tracks. Started post holeing deeper with snowshoes that we cared to so, we turned around. Beautiful hike though and our dog really enjoyed it.

There's a good foot or two of snow in in most areas, found a few thigh deep spots.

hiking
2 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

A couple inches of snow, best to bring both crampons AND snowshoes so you won't slide/posthole.

Gorgeous hike! Not too hard but gets the lungs working a bit. Very peaceful, only saw two people over the course of a few hours today.

3 months ago

Lake was frozen over but the hike up was nice. Variety of terrains from wooded to open fields. You get to see it all. Nice views as well. Not terribly strenuous but with snow on the trail you'll slide the whole way down. Less fun!

3 months ago

The way up definitely gets your legs burning and huffing and puffing a little. So beautiful and worth it get the the lake at the top

3 months ago

3 months ago

Amazing hike

hiking
3 months ago

Awe inspiring views. Trail gets very steep very fast. Still many inconsiderate jerks that let dogs off the leash.

3 months ago

The hike was quite beautiful. There was a lot of snow on the ground, so I had a hard time following the path (no tree trail markings). I hiked for an hour and 45 minutes and didn't make it to the lake.

3 months ago

3 months ago

This trail is so much harder than I would expect but still pretty doable. The view especially at the lake is breathtakingly beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I'm working my way through a guidebook, the top 30 hikes within an hour of Denver, and this is my favorite so far!! Beautiful views with minimal snow on the trail right now. Pics + more details here https://goo.gl/n0HkY0