July 18, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This moderate to difficult 6+ miles [masked] elevation gain) trail begins in the trees at the Herman Gulch Trailhead. It leads up Watrous Gulch, one drainage to the east of Herman Gulch. It begins in the trees and then travels above timberline, adjacent to a stream. The trail runs past an old sawmill where the Bard Creek Trail takes off to the east. Once above treeline, wildflowers surround the ground like a quilt with great views. The trail is a fairly steady climb up to Woods Mountain.
Trailhead elevation.....10400' Basin at end of Watrous Gulch trail......11,900' about 5 miles round-trip with 1500' gain. Woods Mountain......12,950' about an additional 1.5 mile loop up one shoulder and down another.
Directions: The Herman Gulch Trailhead is located .1 mile north of exit #218 from I-70. It's located between Bakerville, CO and the Eisenhower Tunnel. From westbound I-70, exit #218 and bear right (east) on the short service road that dead-ends at the Herman Gulch Trailhead.
Carpooling: Meet at Wooly Mammoth, Section CC at 7am where we will form carpools.
Optional lunch after the hike at Tommyknockers located at 1123 Miners Street in Idaho Spring, Phone [masked]begin_of_the_skype_highlighting [masked] end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
See you there!
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.