Monday, July 8, 2013

Exploring Herman Gulch

Well, it is July, so of course we do not have any "skijoring posts" for the month.

But, one of our fun "summertime activities" is to explore & map new terrain for skijoring potential once the snow finally comes back...

Today we explored the Herman Gulch trails. For reference, Herman Gulch is near the Loveland Ski Area and Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. Herman Gulch was on our "to explore" list for 2 reasons:

(1) It is fairly close to Breckenridge (an hour or so drive).
(2) It is on the other side of the Continental Divide from Breck. Sometimes a winter storm will dump more snow on one side of the divide versus the other. So, it is good for us to have some close but "other side of the divide" trails in our list of trails.

Well, Herman Gulch is definitely on our "skijor-able terrain" list... Highlights of our 8 mile hike/run below:

A nice, wide trail at the start. This is definitely skijor-able...
Our destination is the terrain above treeline just to the right/center of this photo.
"Look - a potential right turn onto another trail!" expresses curious Max as he inspects our
upcoming junction. Going straight continues on to Herman Lake. Going right is the Continental
Divide Trail. Terrain was skijor-able either direction - we chose to continue exploring straight.
"Look what we found - SNOW!" declare the snow angel rolling brothers...
"We don't care how dirty the snow looks - IT IS SNOW IN JULY!!!!! roll, roll, roll!"
Arriving at Herman Lake... We explored around the lake for another 1-2 miles before heading
back down.
A little cleaner (but still dirty) snow at the side of Herman Lake. Max is investigating the
terrain to our right while Zorro is locked on the Marmot he saw scurrying around in the rocks!

A nice, new trail for our list... Now we just need snow :-)


  1. Snow is snow no matter what kholour...

    Just sayin'

    PeeEssWoo: I hope woo rolled fur me too!

    1. Exactly - snow is snow! It is only the silly human who has an issue with the snow color!