Hike to Herman Lake from Herman Gulch Trailhead (exit 218 off I70). Bring 1-2 liters of water and snacks/lunch. Lunch at the lake. Trekking poles, hiking boots, sunglasses, and sunscreen also recommended. Bring clothing to handle the predicted weather conditions. Current forecast is for mostly sunny skies, temps around 50 degrees, wind gusts as high as 24 mph, and a slight chance of some afternoon Tstorms.
Total RT distance: ~ 7.5 miles.
Trailhead Elevation: ~ 10,300 ft.
Max elevation: ~12,000 ft.
Total climb: ~1900 ft.
Plan to do a tour around the lake if the terrain permits.
This is an blue (intermediate) level hike at a pace of about 2 mph including rest stops. Total hike time should be 4-5 hours and about 1 3/4 hour each way drive time.
If anyone wants to meet the group in Boulder, Golden, or at the trailhead, please comment when you sign up. I'm limiting the group size to my van capacity. If more than seven sign up, I can increase the group size if someone else volunteers to drive.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (Pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).
Dogs: Not on this hike.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.