Herman Gulch Trail

MODERATE 505 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
1732 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.

snowshoeing
19 hours ago

Beautiful views by the lake and coming down. Snowshoes were handy for the last third of the trail up to the lake, and back on the descent. Deeper snow on the trail made it hard to find where to turn up the hill to get above the tree line. Check the map when you get ~2-2.5 miles in and you should be good.

hiking
23 hours ago

Good hike, easy to get off the trail with all the snow. Bring snowshoes or crampons!!

backpacking
12 days ago

An amazing trail in the winter! The trail was lost a few times because of the snow, but, wasn't to bad finding my way to the lake. Bring snowshoes!

hiking
14 days ago

Easy access from I-70. Moderate to difficult with some steep uphill in the beginning. Snow and ice on the trail but didn't need crampons or poles, still doable. Really beautiful winter hike with great mountain views.

hiking
21 days ago

Love this hike. Right off the highway, but doesn’t feel like it, and lots of gorgeous views. Pretty gradual incline until the very end. Would definitely do this one again.

25 days ago

good amount of snow today. Snow packed for first 1.75 miles. Then the snow gets deeper

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty sick views!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 10/27/17

Gorgeous hike, but don’t let the moderate rating fool you. You will be hiking at an incline almost the entire hike. Almost 2k ft in elevation in a little over three miles. It’s a leg/lung burner for sure. According to my Garmin, this hike is 7.3 miles out and back.

Not much snow on the trail, but I was definitely glad to have my microspikes for the shaded areas because it’s pretty icy. Hiking poles are highly recommended as well.

Once we got above tree line it was extremely windy and cold! Winds in excess of 50 mph for sure. We stayed for maybe two minutes. Some people said it was so cold their phones stopped working. Kind of a bummer to hike the way only to get a mere glimpse and then head back down.

1 month ago

Beautiful "first snow" hike. The lake at the top was beautiful but very, very cold.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 10/21. Easy trail, but it was extremely windy and cold that day; some snow at the last mile, but very passable. Lake is all frozen.It was snow shower on and off the whole time, loved the view on the way to the lake. Totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 10/23...trail is still very passable. There are a few spots near the tree line that are snow covered but no posthole-ing. The lake is pretty but it's the views on the way down that really make the trip.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Boy, it is pretty much all winter up there now. I will want to go there in summer time again.

hiking
2 months ago

started at 9:15, parking lot half full. Took 3 hours and 10 mins with a 10 min break at the lake. Heads up: the trailhead says it's 5 miles round trip but it's definitely closer to 6.5.

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