Herman Gulch Trail

MODERATE 478 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.

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7 days ago

So beautiful, steep at the beginning and end but worth it! Go soon or the snow up top will get deep and difficult to hike in.

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9 days ago

Get to the lake and then get to the top it's worth it

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13 days ago

It was a stunning hike today at Herman Gulch with surrounding views of snow caped mountains. The weather was mild- just needed a base layer and an outer shell. The last 1/2 mile gets quite windy and cold so I suggest to bring a fitted hat and thin gloves. It is snow and ice covered for a good portion of the hike- I was fine with just boots. Some hikers were out with poles. It is slick though so be prepared to go slower at some parts. I started on the trail at 9a and was back to my car by 12:10p. I stopped to take photos often so it could be done quicker. Highly recommend this hike!

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15 days ago

Awesome hike - a postcard day...blue skies, and gorgeous views to boot! Snowfall incredible, lots of single track once you pass tree line, and about 18 inches deep near the lake. Lots of mud and slush with the mild temps, and a bit slippery going back down. Hiking boots worked fine. Will definitely go back for snowshoeing.

18 days ago

Amazing hike to do in the morning. Fresh snow and being one of the first people on the trail made the experience! Approximately 4 inches of snow, but a lot had melted towards the beginning of the hike on my way down. Took about 4 hours, but went much slower on my way back down.

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18 days ago

Snowstorm on the trail in the afternoon. Gotta be prepared for anything! Gorgeous views.

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18 days ago

Great trail. The aspens were beautiful. Early on there is a waterfall. Some fairly steep portions (especially on day one in Colorado for people from Missouri). Portions near the top are exposed to wind and snow. We enjoyed lunch by the lake. The down run was fairly icy/snowy in parts. All in all a great hike.

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19 days ago