This trail leads up Bard Creek then follows the mountain ridge north of I-70 from Georgetown to the Herman Gulch Trailhead, providing many views of the Continental Divide.
This is a one-way trail. It is recommended to park a second vehicle at the Herman Gulch Trailhead unless you would like to hike back. There is no fishing allowed in Bard Creek because of the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout. There are mines, wildflowers, bogs, and aspen groves along the whole trail.
Directions: From Idaho Springs, Take exit 232 off of I-70 and go into Empire. Turn south onto Rd. 251 (Empire Pass Road). Follow Road 252 to the end of the plowed section. The trail begins where the plowing ends.
Elevation: 10,400 feet
Distance: 4.5 miles
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