Herman Gulch Trailhead

Dillon, Colorado

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Welcome to summit hiker’s heaven. This trailhead is extremely popular with day hikers, most of whom are out for a stroll to Herman Lake and never set foot on a single mountaintop. None of the summits in this area have formal trails, but all of them are worthy adventures. Hikers make a decision early in their day: go west to Herman Gulch or east to Watrous Gulch... or link up the two gulches via an inconspicuous summit between the two. Two excellent Class 3 routes and several Class 2 walk-ups make this a trailhead you’ll revisit many times.
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by James Dziezynski (Wilderness Press)

Welcome to summit hiker’s heaven. This trailhead is extremely popular with day hikers, most of whom are out for a stroll to Herman Lake and never set foot on a single mountaintop. None of the summits in this area have formal trails, but all of them are worthy adventures.

Hikers make a decision early in their day: go west to Herman Gulch or east to Watrous Gulch... or link up the two gulches via an inconspicuous summit between the two. Two excellent Class 3 routes and several Class 2 walk-ups make this a trailhead you’ll revisit many times.

© 2016 James Dziezynski/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Dillon
Distance: 8.3-9.3 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6-8 hours
Class: Class 3
Season: Best June through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Herman Gulch Trailhead

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