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Gem Lake Trail

 10 votes

4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

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°)

Unknown

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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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Jan 8, 2018
Phillip Jahr
Beautiful ascent.
Oct 21, 2017
Austin Dix
Hiked with Jake and Sandi. Cold and windy.
Sep 21, 2017
Brenda Cassidy
Enjoyable! I stopped a lot ali g the way to take lots of pics and spent about 30 min at the lake taking it all in. 4.5mi — 4h 00m
Aug 22, 2017
Sally Ulianich
Aug 18, 2017
Brett Langdon
Aug 10, 2017
Joan Castro
Great view despite the clouds
Aug 10, 2017
Sara McClenning
3.5mi
Jul 15, 2017
Aaron Sherman

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

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in Estes Park

#3432

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#2

in Estes Park

#283

in Colorado

#3,432

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