Gem Lake Trail

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4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


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1,239' 378 m

Ascent

-933' -284 m

Descent

8,839' 2,694 m

High

7,768' 2,368 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

81%

Max Grade (39°)

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A steep trail that climbs to Gem Lake before descending to Cow Creek Trail.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
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.
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Gem Lake is a popular trail that originates at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead. From the parking lot, follow the trail as it ascends through rugged rock outcroppings and take in the sweeping views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains. After just under two miles, you'll emerge at Gem Lake. This is a great place to take a breather before turning around or continuing to Balanced Rock Trail and/or Cow Creek Trail.

Descending from Gem Lake, you'll encounter the Balanced Rock Trail at mile three which branches off to the left. Follow it for views of a unique rock formation and to tack on a couple extra miles to your hike if you like.

Continuing on Gem Lake Trail, you'll descend for the next mile or so into the Cow Creek drainage before crossing the river and climbing up to Cow Creek Trail.

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Apr 16, 2017
Tim Phillips
Steep climb the really nice views of Estes Park 4mi
Mar 18, 2017
Robert Maestas
3.4mi
Mar 4, 2017
Nick Murray
Jan 8, 2017
Dana Pearson
Sep 20, 2016
Sarah Roberts
Jul 16, 2016
Ken Gleason
Jun 20, 2016
Emma Ruggles
That was a long first hike!! — 2h 00m
Jun 1, 2016
Charli Myers Brown
So beautiful!

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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Minor Issues 19 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Great run still some snow pack but it is avoidable. Views of rocky mountain park peaks and Estes Park
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