Woods Mountain and Mount Machebeuf Trail

Denver, Colorado 80209

Woods Mountain and Mount Machebeuf Trail

Woods Mountain and Mount Machebeuf Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike offers solitude for you since most hikers favor the Herman Lake Trail and also plenty of soft tundra to keep your dog’s paws unchafed. Although steep and long, the hike takes you to a ridgetop that is seldom visited and that offers fantastic views.

Unless you return the way you came, the second half of the hike takes you cross-country into a rapid descent down rock-free slopes and old avalanche chutes into Herman Gulch. Sign in at the register, then proceed on a narrow trail for a short distance to a Forest Service sign indicating Herman Lake to the left and Watrous Gulch to the right."

Woods Mountain and Mount Machebeuf Trail Trip Reports

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8/22/2010
Extremely enjoyable hike on the way up. No problems getting to the summit of either Wood's or Machebeuf. My dog really liked it too! Even this late in the season there was water to just above timberline for him. The traverse over to Machebeuf was really fast and beautiful!

The trip down from Machebeuf to the Herman Gulch trail though, was VERY steep and tricky. I tried to stay on grass as much as possible, but occasionally got stuck in slippery gravel. The going got a bit better below tree-line, and I followed what I thought were deer trails to the trail. The good thing is you can see the Herman Gulch trail very easily from just below the summit of Machebeuf, so it is impossible to get lost. But having to find your way around fallen trees, willows and gravel traps takes a bit of fun out of the descent. From the Herman Gulch trail it is an easy downhill stroll down to the car. Again, plenty of water for the dog. Lots of folks on the Herman Gulch trail today (Sunday) but only met one other hiker on the way up.
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5/28/2010
Really nice hike especially so close to Denver. Lots of options once you get back on the trail, and every where you look, wonderful, beautiful mountains.
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Trail Information

Denver
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
2,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
7 hours
Duration
Best June to September
Season
10,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,940 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Grays Peak, Loveland Pass; Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass
Local Maps

Trail Log