Round-Trip Length: 6.5 Miles Approx
Start-End Elevation: 10,332' - 11,987' (12,018' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +1,655' net elevation gain (+1,815' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs Allowed: Yes on leash
Herman Lake is located north of Bakerville, CO in the Clear Creek Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. It lies in the open tundra of a capacious valley just below the Continental Divide.
The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the greater Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through luxuriant 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 bighorn sheep and mountain goat in their natural habitat:
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.
For those interested we will stop afterwards for lunch in Idaho Springs.
For those of you that are interested in car pooling show up at wooly mammoth parking lot (18540 US Hwy 40 Golden, CO 80401) if you are not sure where this is please google the address for directions.
We will meet in section BB and leave here at 8 am.