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Beautiful hike with meadows full of wildflowers

I went on this hike in mid-morning with my wife and 2 daughters (10 & 8). This ended up being one... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Joel C
Daphne, Alabama
Strenuous but worth it

The hike from the parking lot is actually 4.5 miles to the lake. It is a steady uphill climb the... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Ames, Iowa
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

I went on this hike in mid-morning with my wife and 2 daughters (10 & 8). This ended up being one of our favorite hikes we did on our trip to Colorado due to the beautiful scenery all of the way up to the lake....More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Joel C
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

The hike from the parking lot is actually 4.5 miles to the lake. It is a steady uphill climb the whole time – if you’re not acclimated to the altitude/elevation this will be an extremely difficult hike. We carried 10 bottles of water for three...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Took us about 2 hours up and 1.5 down. We had lunch at the top around the lake which was gorgeous. Coming from sea level (Miami) and hiking this right away is not recommended. It kicked our butt because of the altitude. Ample parking and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Wow what a great hike with my daughter. The scenery was unreal. It felt like more than 3.5 miles and more than 300 feet in elevation change for sure especially the last 1/2 mile but the lake up top and the view all worth it....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Byron H
Reviewed 11 July 2017

we did this as our first hike suggested by our resort. crowded, gorgeous. a bit confusing where to park . you have to pass the first set of parking and go up the trail past the gate or else you have an extra 2 miles..we...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank pennypp
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were there second week of September so were between the wildflowers and fall color. There were some trees turning at the lower elevations. Steady climb up - lots to see and great views to enjoy. Beautiful Alpine lake at the top. Approximately 3 hour...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great trail, I have seen it rated as moderate but I considered it relatively difficult but doable for most people in reasonable shape. The scenery is really great and the lake at the top is worth walking for. I am a flatlander...More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank omatraveldog
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a nice trail, moderate 6 mile out and back. It does have a lake. The only downside is that since it is so close to Denver, it is busy in the summer, but great in the fall!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Sue S
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent trail that has some steep challenging parts at the beginning and end. It passes through some amazing meadows and clearings then finishes off in an open alpine lake. Lots of wildlife viewing potential. I went at 530am on a Friday and...More

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank John V
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Herman Gulch Trail lies between Georgetown and the Loveland Ski Area at I-70 Exit 218. There is a large parking lot that easily holds 50 cars. Besides Colorado license plates, I have spotted those of many out-of-state tourists. This trail starts out at 10,400 feet...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Response from MissyBunch | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There were several dogs on the trail. There is really only one section where you have to clamber over some roots. And there are two small creeks to cross over but should be no issue for a dog.