Herman Gulch Trail

MODERATE 250 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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
11 days ago

Loved the hike up there today. Lots of snow on the ground which meant sinking into knee deep snow from time to time!

12 days ago

snowshoeing
12 days ago

The start of this trail is partially a running stream from snowmelt. At about a mile and a half in there is snowpack, and at about mile 2.5 the snowpack turns to about 3-4ft deep snow. I Recommend good waterproof boots, snowshoes, and lots of sunscreen! Also saw a few backcountry skiers on our trip. Otherwise a great trail to go with your dog and really enjoy the beauty of nature without a bunch of people.

hiking
12 days ago

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Beautiful hike! This time of year (May), early morning, we almost made it to the lake without snowshoes, but as it got warmer throughout the day it was helpful to have snowshoes strapped to our packs to use in the last section up and on the way down.

27 days ago

awesome lake at the end! it's actually like 8.5 miles

snowshoeing
1 month ago

After the first 1/4-1/2 mile you'll definitely need snowshoes, but it's worth it.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Really beautiful hike! We did this hike in mid-March and needed spikes starting out, then switched to snowshoes. The snow was beginning to turn to slush but it was deep. The views are fantastic in all directions and we only saw a couple of backcountry skiers the whole time. The traffic noise from I-70 is pretty loud at the beginning but once you get into the valley it's very peaceful and quiet. The first 1/4 mile is the steepest and then turns to a gradual climb. We got a late start so didn't make it to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months 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
3 months ago

Great hike I live really close to it. Never dissapoints

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
5 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
5 months ago

snowshoeing
6 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.

6 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!