Herman Gulch Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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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.
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.
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!
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
Awe inspiring views. Trail gets very steep very fast. Still many inconsiderate jerks that let dogs off the leash.
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.
This trail is so much harder than I would expect but still pretty doable. The view especially at the lake is breathtakingly beautiful!
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
Great hike with amazing views! Herman lake was gorgeous, just starting to ice over. Surprisingly no snow/ice on trail yet. Fairly strenuous, altitude made it a bit challenging.
I loved this hike. It has varied terrain, with some in woods hiking with nice shade, and some exposed parts as you climb higher. It can get extremely windy, so even on a warm day I'd recommend hats and gloves for the top section. Nice, big parking lot (but no trash cans, which is very puzzling...). The lake at the top is stunning.
Keeps going up.
Overall lovely experience.
The hike starts just off of I-70, and starts trudging uphill immediately. This would be a nice uphill walk through the woods, but with the proximity to the highway for the first mile, the traffic noise makes you feel like you are hiking ON the highway.
Not too far in, though, the noisy cars give way to the relief of the babbling brook just as the trail begins to flatten out. The trail then makes it's way through shady trees, over streams and opens to beautiful views of the changing Aspen this time of year.
The track begins it's ascension once again, this time with less tree cover and more expansive views. The next time it flattens is the most worthwhile, as it gives way to a small, hypercolor lake of blues, greens and turquoise, a perfect place for contemplation...
Beautiful hike. First mile is steep, 2nd mile is pretty flat, last mile is steep. We hiked around the lake a bit and there are many cairns to get you back on the right path if you stray from the path. On our way back we turned onto the continental divide trail just so we could see what lies beyond the ridge. I highly recommend doing so. The views from Jones Pass were great, and it only adds an extra mile or so onto your trek.
Beautiful hike! I've done it twice now. Once in the spring with beautiful wild flowers, and once in the fall with the changing colors. The lake at the top is a relaxing finale.
Such a beautiful hike! Many river crossings which makes it a good trail for dogs.
great trail...amazing scenery. one of my favorite lakes at the top!