Gorman Lake is one of Golden's most popular destination to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and an alpine lake shore to fly fish, picnic, camp or just spend an afternoon. Gorman Lake is a moderate 3km climb and a good access for further hikes within Purcell's Dogtooth Range. Nearby rockfaces offer some excellent rock climbing opportunities and in the winter months the area is popular for advanced snowmobiling.
Getting to the trail head Follow signs to the Golden Golf and Country Club and continue past the Golf course on the through road. Thirteen km later, turn left at the road fork and continue for another 4 km to the trail head parking area. Look for the Trail Access Map at the Golden Visitor Center.Wildlife and fascinating land forms abound here. Watch for plenty of marmots and pikas aslong slopes and rock piles; mountain goats on rock faces; and raptors in the sky above.
This is bear country as well, and although the trail has been routed to avoid bear habitat, be bear aware and know procedures for ensuring your safety. On the way to the lake, enjoy the talus slope traverse, the many alpine wild flowers, and see if you can recognize the rock glacier! Please treat this area gently.Please try to keep your activities to these areas and stay on existing trials where possible.