By late June, this high valley becomes resplendent with many varieties of exquisite, colorful flowers. By late June, the higher valleys become resplendent with many varieties of exquisite, colorful flowers. Herman Gulch trailhead, less than an hour from Denver, is an excellent place to enjoy flowers, camp or have a family backpack picnic. The initial part of this hike is a bit steep, as is the last section before reaching Herman Lake. You never need to use your hands for balance, with several easy creek crossings. Be sure to bring a flower guide, hand lens and a macro lens for your camera. At each creek crossing there are colorful water-loving plants such as Parrys primrose and queens crown. Once at the above-treeline lake, explore the tundra closely on your hands and knees. Tiny, yellow alpine avens dot the landscape in uncountable numbers.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,116 ft|
|Duration||105 minutes up, 80 minutes down|
|Season||Early June to early October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,280 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,026 ft|
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