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blue Gem Lake Trail

Trail

4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,239' 378 m
Descent: -933' -284 m
High: 8,839' 2,694 m
Low: 7,768' 2,368 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 81% (39°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

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.

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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Jul 13, 2019
Austin Bates
Climbed rocks up at the lake 4.6mi — 1h 45m
Jul 13, 2019
Hapvin Vincenzo
Jul 9, 2019
Jack A
Jul 7, 2019
Aaron Stover
Jul 5, 2019
Caroline Ulczycki
Jun 5, 2019
Catherine Kirby
May 26, 2019
William Kleeberger
1h 45m
May 25, 2019
Ken Klothe

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 26 votes

#2

in Estes Park

#145

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#2

in Estes Park

#33

in Colorado

#145

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