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Herman Lake road trip hike, and Colorado Day free parks access


  • Bob Falcone
Wildflower season in Colorado lasts all summer long, a beautiful thing. As the season progresses, the wildflowers at the lower elevations die off, but their counterparts in higher elevations are just getting started. When completed in late July, this hike to Herman Lake, along the Herman Gulch trail, has wildflowers of many varieties, with the added bonus of a high alpine lake and gorgeous views.

The Herman Gulch trail follows the Continental Divide Trail until just before Herman Lake, just north of the Loveland Pass where a trail to the lake splits off from the CDT. This hike is about 7.2 miles roundtrip with about 1,700 feet of elevation gain, reaching Herman Lake at 12,000 feet above sea level. The hike is moderate in difficulty, with a couple of isolated sections proving a little more difficult.

To get there: Take I-70 west from the Denver metro area to exit 218, a few miles past Georgetown, and just before Loveland Pass. At the top of the off ramp turn right, followed by an immediate right on the short frontage road to the trailhead parking lot. (View the slideshow for specific information.)

Celebrate Colorado Day with free parks access

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day, the anniversary of Colorado's statehood, with free entry to all 41 state parks. Though Colorado Day is actually August 1st, the CPW celebration is on Monday, August 7th. Separate fees for camping, etc still apply.

Additionally, CPW is waiving admission fees to all Colorado State Parks during the entire month of August for all active duty, retired and military veterans. Specific documentation is required.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website ( E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob:

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