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With a name like that, how could this not be a gem?? Gem Lake is an easily accessible mountain lake situated amongst cool boulders and rock formations. This is a great place to picnic with the family but be warned, you'll more than likely be joined by some furry little friends. As cute as the little chipmunks around Gem Lake are, please refrain from feeding them!

Short Hike: The lake is roughly two miles from the trailhead and is accessed by the Gem Lake Trail.

Family Friendly: Kids love climbing on rocks. The trail to Gem Lake is a rocky paradise lined by boulders that are perfectly arranged for climbing.

Gem Type: Lake

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Brian Smith

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Oct 5, 2020
Paul O
Sep 26, 2020
Matt Charny
Jul 29, 2020
Chase Edwards
Hiked Gem Lake with the Wife, BIL & SIL. Great views and beautiful reward at the top!
Jul 12, 2020
Will Lawler
The hike was all up hill one way. It was a beautiful but hard hike. Gem lake was not worth it. Better to let your kids just play on the rocks.
Jun 17, 2020
Michele Newby
Nice moderately challenging hike with great views of Estes Park and the mountains. Gem lake is a bit disappointing.
Jun 2, 2020
Kacper Pawlaczyk
May 29, 2020
Seb The Fraustralian
Sunny day, nice & easy hike - the lake is your reward
May 16, 2020
Ivone Bagley

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