Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5-7.5h
Distance
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13.8 km
Elevation
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1,008 m
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The Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Trail is a stimulating hike up to mesmerizing Front Range views from the summit. Reserved for intrepid adventurers, this hike is demanding. Make sure you are prepared to scramble up a steep talus field to the peak.

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Route Description for Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Trail

Lace up those hiking boots and grab your microspikes, because we are adventuring up the Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Trail. Though this hike is challenging, it is extremely exciting and rewarding. Hike through the forested gulch up to Herman Lake before beginning your technical ascent to the summit of Pettingell Peak. Trust us, there will not be a dull moment on this trip, and that’s the way we like it. Ensure to pack plenty of water or a water filter to stay hydrated along this escapade. Additionally, we suggest checking the weather and wearing layers as insurance against cold and inclement weather atop the summit.

Begin your journey along the Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Hike from the Herman Gulch Trailhead. Track northwest along the Herman Gulch Creek through the aspen lined valley. Enjoy the tree coverage and easy terrain while you can. Eventually, you will graduate the timberline, from here, hike through the alpine tundra to Herman Lake. Take a rest and rehydrate before beginning your scramble up to the peak. Take the unmarked route from the north side of the lake and then west up the chute. Mind your footing as you scramble up the loose, rocky talus field. Continue west up the scree until you meet the mountain saddle. From here, track north up to the summit.

Revel in the panoramic, postcard-worthy views from the peak. Rest your tired feet and refuel before beginning your descent. When you are ready, retrace your steps down the summit and through the gulch back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Trail Trailhead

The Pettingell Peak via Herman Gulch Hike departs from the Herman Gulch Trailhead off the I-70.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, restrictions apply.

  • When to do

    June-September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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