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Gem Lake Trail

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Length


4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


1,239' 378 m

Ascent

-933' -284 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

81%

Max Grade (39°)

8,839' 2,694 m

High

7,768' 2,368 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

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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Dec 28, 2018
Floyd Hartley
4.6mi
Oct 2, 2018
Art Smith
Sep 16, 2018
Peter Kuo
Sep 12, 2018
Elizabeth Falkenberg
2.3mi
Aug 16, 2018
Josh Boyles
2mi
Aug 2, 2018
Jessica Matthews
Aug 2, 2018
Paige Statham
Jul 24, 2018
Weston Hood

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  4.2 from 24 votes

#2

in Estes Park

#140

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in Estes Park

#31

in Colorado

#140

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