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Date Saturday  7/27/2019
End Date Saturday  7/27/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Watrous Gulch/Herman Lake Loop
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Dave Callais
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate C
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 3200
Driving Distance 100


This hike will leave from the Woolly Mammoth parking lot just NW of the intersection of I-70 and Morrison Road. Since there are many sections to this parking lot, the group needs to meet in Section "HH"!

For more info Contact

For additional information regarding this hike, its difficulty and permission to go as well as get the "password", the leader can be contacted by calling: 303-237-3726 or via email. NO calls please after 8:00 PM. Thanks.


After leaving the parking area, the group will ascend constantly up the trail into Watrous Gulch. Once across the main creek, we'll gain more elevation as we ascend to timberline. From this point, we'll head off trail and gain a low saddle, then climb Woods Peak and follow the ridgeline until we start descending our way down to where we join the Continental Divide Trail. Finally, we'll follow the CDT until it joins the Herman Lake Trail, climb to the lake to enjoy a late lunch and finally follow the Herman Lake Trail back to the vehicles.


Note: this hike is not for everyone. It contains steep ascents and descents above timberline, possibly the crossing of a slightly melted out cornice, exposure and varied weather conditions. Anyone wanting to get on this hike most prove to the leader that they're capable of handling a hike like this and if accepted, will receive the password to sign up. Finally, with all of the wet weather we've received from the past winter, the wildflowers should be in full display mode, so carrying a camera with you would be wise!