Gem Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,239' 378 m
Descent: -933' -284 m
High: 8,839' 2,694 m
Low: 7,768' 2,368 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 81% (39°)
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“A steep trail that climbs to Gem Lake before descending to Cow Creek Trail.”— Brian Smith
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.
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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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park