My massive road trip finally wrapped up late last night, but thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled blog posts, I have one last bit of eye candy to share with you. 🙂
The star of today’s post is the Herman Gulch Trail (summiting at Herman Lake).
Herman, a stunning glacial 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 gorgeous valley just below the Continental Divide. In fact, this trail is a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. I completed this amazing hike on Monday, Sept 2nd. I won’t soon forget this one.
The Herman Lake hike is 6.5 miles round trip, and features a +2,000′ elevation gain over a 2.5 mile stretch, making it very challenging. At a maximum elevation of 12,018′, it is officially my highest altitude to date. [Jumpy Claps!!!]
I have way more pictures than anyone would care to see, I’m sure, so I have pulled a small, but representative, sampling to share with you. […although, hmm…now that I am assembling the pics, I’m thinking you may want to see a lot more!]
Come and enjoy Herman Lake with me, won’t you?…
I won’t even hold it against you that your legs didn’t get sore in the process. 😉
In looking through these pictures again, I think this hike deserves a proper Trip Report. Once I get a few nights sleep in my own bed, I think I’ll revisit this amazing hike in an effort to better share the gruelling challenge and totally awesome payoff. ‘Til then…