Watrous Gulch to Woods Mountain

  • 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.


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  • cindy

    A great day with fine people, beautiful scenery and a challenging hike.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Tim H

    Great hike, nice people, nice views, nice day, really liked the 8AM start at trailhead so to beat the afternoon rain. Thank you Chris

    July 19, 2013

  • Don B.

    This was really a great day! Was thoroughly entertained by Linda and Mollie's shoe conversation on the drive back. Randy did contribute.

    July 18, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Beautiful hike! Thanks Chris and Randy.

    July 18, 2013

  • Denise L.

    Wonderful hike. Thanks for organizing.

    July 18, 2013

  • Harrison C

    Great hike allowing for several levels. I'm voting Chris for #1 substitute leader.

    July 18, 2013

  • Tricia B.

    Great morning (to afternoon) hike. The most wild flowers I've seen
    this year. A very nice group to share the experience with. Thanks to
    Chris for her efforts!

    July 18, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Tough climb & a bit of a challenging descent but well worth it. Always rewarding to be up that high on a mountain top. Thanks for taking the lead, Chris.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an awesome morning with a wonderful group of people. Pics from this morning are posted.

    July 18, 2013

  • Debbie

    Looks beautifully green and like you had a great time! Thanks Beth for the pictures!

    July 18, 2013

  • michael m.

    business calls

    July 17, 2013

  • nicki c.

    Not going to be able to get there in time

    July 17, 2013

  • Don

    I'm promised myself I'd take it easy on the knees this year.

    July 17, 2013

  • Carol

    Still battling bronchitis. I don't think I could do the elevation. Sorry to miss seeing everyone.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    unable to take the day off as still a working stiff. it is one of my favorite hikes.

    July 15, 2013

  • Richard E.

    Sorry and emergency meeting came up!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from the south part of the city (Lone Tree or Littleton)? I would be happy to share the expense of gas, looking for a ride. Thanks.

    July 14, 2013

  • Larry E.

    My nephew's wedding reception in Greeley will run too late for me to make this. See everyone next time!

    July 13, 2013

  • Barbara G

    Sorry, work calls.

    July 12, 2013

  • Debbie

    Knee still bothering me

    July 11, 2013

  • Roxie

    Sears is coming to fix my frig! Gotta do it, rather not, food melting...

    July 9, 2013

  • Charly

    Must cancel and I wanted to do this again. Hardy hiking!

    July 9, 2013

  • Janet

    Just saw the comment about difficulty...

    June 11, 2013

  • Mary J.

    Website says this is 'most difficult'. Don't think I'm ready for that. Have a great time, be safe!

    June 11, 2013

  • Terry G.

    I'm off to visit Juan Valdez. maybe he'll give me a ride on his donkey.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Don

    I always want to see where Debbie is taking us next!!! I've never heard of this trail so it's going to be quite the experience!!!

    May 5, 2013

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