This is a great hike and the flowers up to Herman Lake are comparable to any place in Colorado when they're in full bloom. The trail head is at about 10,300' and there are 2 parts to this hike. The 1st part is up to Herman Lake which is about[masked] miles and at about 12,000' with a great trail - 1700' elevation gain in 4 miles and I would consider this an easy hike. The 2nd part is a little harder which I would consider intermediate or above. It's about 1 mile and 1500' elevation gain with no trail. We'll be taking a route starting at the north end of the lake, catching the shelf and heading west to the saddle and then northeast to the summit. With the late posting and giving the oppurtunity for an easier hike if you'd like, I'm letting a large number join in if they'd like. Please note that my plan is to summit Pettingell. If you're just going to Herman Lake I won't be hanging out but the 1st part is easy and very straight forward, but 8 miles round trip. Please indicate in your RSVP if you plan on going to Herman Lake or summit Pettingell.
Suggest the "Ales" part of the hike at the Buffalo Restaurant in Idaho Springs. They serve the Tommy Knocker brands along with other micros and the mass brewed stuff, but I'm flexible.
We'll meet at the Wooley Monmouth parking area at 5:45am and leave at 6am. The trail head is up I-70 to exit 218, 3 miles before the Eisenhower Tunnel, 2-3 miles past the Bakerville exit. I hope to be on the trail by 7am. There is a pit toilet at the trail head. Please read the links below for more info.
Steve (2 left ft)