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Date Friday  11/23/2018
End Date Friday  11/23/2018
Group Denver
Event Title NEW MEMBER: GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Terry Ploski
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 1,655
Driving Distance 80


We will meet at Wooly Mammoth CDOT PNR at WB I - 70 and the Morrison Road exit. Meet in the parking lot directly across from the Exxon gas station. We will meet at 7:00 a.m., form carpools, and depart by 7:15 a.m. We will travel WB I - 70 to the Herman Gulch Trailhead, located off the WB I - 70 EXIT MM 218. Optional rest stop at Starbucks on the way to Herman Gulch exit.

For more info Contact

Terry Ploski, (303) 748-3748,


This is the 3rd Annual Post - Thanksgiving Day hike to Herman Lake. This route travels through a number of avalanche zones. Bring the Ten Essential System components. I recommend bringing snowshoes, snowboard, cross country skis based on anticipated snowfall in the days leading up to the hike. In extreme weather conditions - leading to a considerable risk of avalanche danger - probe poles, avalanche beacons and shovels are required. Stay posted for weather updates.

The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through scenic meadows to treeline, where it branches off on a well-defined path to Herman Lake. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, open alpine landscapes and a chance to see bighorm sheep and montain goat in their natural habitat. The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir - aspen forest and bears north. It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderates along the creek and string of slender glades. The trail rises steadily besides the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch. Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettingell Peak (13,553') and Hagar Mountain (13,195'). The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile. At 2.5 miles, it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the CDT - Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles, 11,838'). We will continue 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 the Divide. OPTIONAL: Climb knolls over the east shore for panoramas across the basin, and scan valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat which inhabit this area.



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