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Date Saturday  9/28/2013
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Herman Lake Trailblazers Hike
Start Time 7:15 AM
Status Complete
Leader Josh Armstrong
Co-Leader Erin Thompson
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1700
Driving Distance


Meet at the Woolly Mammoth lot across from the Conoco I-70 and Morrison RD , There will be an optional coffee stop at 7:00AM at the Full Steam Coffee Shop next to the Conoco. 

For more info Contact

Josh Armstrong- 303-898-4100


The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir-aspen forest to the Watrous Gulch Trail split and bears north (.17 miles : 10,376'). It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderates along the creek and string of slender glades (.5 miles : 10,690').

The trail rises steadily beside the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch (1.05 miles : 10,940'). Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettingell Peak (13,553') andHagar Mountain (13,195'). Look for moose along the willow-lined creek, and deer and elk on the grassy slopes of Mount Bethel (12,705') to the south.

The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile (2.0 miles : 11,288'). At 2.45 miles (11,464') it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles : 11,838').

Follow signs west to Herman Lake. The Herman Lake Trail climbs steadily into an expansive alpine landscape, easing across open tundra flats to Herman Lake (3.25 miles : 11,987').

Herman Lake is framed by the steep east wall of Pettingell Peak, but is free of major obstacles and easy to explore. The main trail continues past the lake, eventually fading in the tundra on an informal run up to the Divide. Climb a knoll over the lake's east shore for sensational panoramas across the basin and expansive upper valley, and scan the valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat that inhabit this area.


There will be an optional libations stop on the way back to Denver. Make sure to bring 10 essentials.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.