Herman Gulch Trail

MODERATE 338 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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4 minutes ago

Great hiking even with the moderate to heavy traffic. Lots of forested areas to mitigate the sun. Bring lots of hydration, the elevation is pretty much a constant climb until you get closer to the lake where it flattens out.

44 minutes ago

What an amazing hike!!!

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12 hours ago

Lots of people and dogs.

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4 days ago

Lots of snow on the trail in mid-June. Herman Lake was barely visible under the snow as well, but the off-trail adventure to the ridge above the lake offered fantastic views.

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5 days ago

Beautiful day. Not windy on top like it is sometimes. Something to add to the other posts: Get to the trailhead before 8 even on a weekday. This is a very popular trail. Once at the lake I continue on the trail for a bit (.3 miles) - cross the river to the other side. It is fabulous and you get away from all the people. Sit up on a rock outcropping and take in the views and waterfalls. At the base the trail map says the trail is 2.5. This app is accurate- it's 3.2.

5 days ago

Incredible hike! I went mid July with my dog and the creek was full from snow melt, all the wild columbine had bloomed and once you got to the lake at the top it was perfect weather, about mid 70s. The trail starts with a steep incline on mostly loose gravel, then levels out into a meadow leading into a good chunk of wooded area, and then the last 3rd of the trail consists of several steep inclines. Totally worth, great hike, great workout, incredible views:)

6 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. Well worth the effort to go all the way to the lake. Completed the round trip in just under 4.5 hours with a 25 year old who was not fully acclimated to the elevation and with lots of stops for pictures. Today there were lots of responsible dog parents as we did not see more than 1 bag of poop left trailside. But honestly one is even too many. I agree with any of the other posts as far as garbage. There was a wonderful couple filling up a trash bag when we arrived. We did experience many rude hikers who do not know trail ettiquite. But overall, well worth the drive and the hike. It is beautiful right now.

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6 days ago

Gorgeous hike! We arrived at the trailhead around 7:00 on a Sunday morning and the parking lot was probably 75% full already. That being said, we didn't pass too many people on the way up (but a lot on the way down). After reading another review about trash we brought a trash bag with us just in case. At the end of our hike we collected at least 10 bags of dog poop and a few soda cans and coffee cups at the trailhead. The worst part was the dog poop was all piled up under a big sign that tells hikers to pack out their trash :-(

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6 days ago

This hike has it all - stunning views, wildflower meadows, shaded tree lined paths, and a lake. The first 1/2 mile is a challenging climb, the middle portion is mostly flat and easy, and the last 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile is another challenging climb, made more difficult due to the high altitude. I'd say this averages out to a moderate rating, but be prepared for the difficult incline in those parts.

7 days ago

Arrived 7am on Saturday morning, parking lot was half full and saw maybe a dozen people during the ascent. Totally different story on the descent--it was way more crowded. The wild flowers are in full bloom and gorgeous. The first part of the trail is relatively easy but progressively gets harder, with a few portions that are real lung burners due to altitude and steepness. The alpine lake at the top is worth the effort though!

8 days ago

8 days ago

gr8 hike easy to get to.

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9 days ago

Excellent trail - glorious wildflowers. I would like to echo another reviewer: This is a National Forest which means any trash you make, you pack it home with you. Dog poo included. Bring a container so you don't have to smell it all the way home. If you're going to enjoy the natural beauty of this trail, please help to maintain it by respecting that natural beauty. The same problem existed last year - trash at the trail head. Terrible. An older couple filled a large garbage back and toted it back to Denver yesterday. Thank you to them! Please help maintain our public lands.