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Lumpy Ridge Short Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A quick loop from the Lumpy Ridge TH that offers spectacular views of the Twin Owls.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Loop

8,182' 2,494 m

High

7,844' 2,391 m

Low

400' 122 m

Up

378' 115 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This hike's short distance and proximity to a large parking area make it a great trip for the whole family. The youngsters will also love the plethora of boulders to scramble over.

Overview

Moderate terrain and short distance make this a relatively easy loop that would be accessible to adults and kids alike.

Need to Know

The Lumpy Ridge TH offers ample parking as well as toilet facilities.

Description

Begin this hike by following the Gem Lake Trail from the Lumpy Ridge TH. Initially the trail is flat but it quickly transitions into a moderate ascent. This is a very well traveled and maintained portion of trail, but water bars and occasional switchbacks may pose a challenge for some. As you climb, the views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains only get better. In fall, groves of aspen turn bright orange, yellow and red along this portion of trail.

About a half a mile from the TH, the trail will split. Gem Lake Trail continues to the right while the Twin Gem Trail bears left - turn left here.

The Twin Gem Trail descends to the west, all the while offering magnificent views of the more than 1-billion year old Lumpy Ridge rock formations. As you descend, you'll end up directly below the Twin Owls - a pair or granite towers that rise distinctively from the surrounding formations. At this point, look for the Lumpy Ridge Trail to branch off to the left (south).

Follow the mostly flat Lumpy Ridge Trail through gradually thickening pine forest. You'll emerge back at the Lumpy Ridge TH fairly soon after starting down this trail.

Flora & Fauna

This hike leads through groves of aspen as well as coniferous trees. Keep your eyes trained on the sky and canopy in the hopes of spotting some of the beautiful avian life present in this area. In 2000, Rocky Mountain National Park was designated as a Global Important Bird Area. This designation recognizes the vital role of the park in the perpetuation of bird species.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Lynn Prescott

Trail Ratings

  3.2 from 5 votes

#6

in Estes Park

#4244

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in Estes Park

#463

in Colorado

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Photos

The view hiking down from gem lake
Sep 12, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Yet Another RMNP Panorama
Dec 7, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Looking at pasque flowers below Lumpy Ridge on a sunny, spring day
Jul 9, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park
Dec 7, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Gem Lake Trail in the snow 1
Dec 7, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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Jul 13, 2019
Catherine Fontneau
Lumpy Ridge to Gem Lake and back
Sep 4, 2018
Casey Morgan
Aug 16, 2018
Josh Boyles
1.6mi
Aug 16, 2018
Regina Wasson
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Jul 10, 2018
Alex Bentz
Jul 9, 2018
Lindsay Toenges
Jul 8, 2018
Jason Toenges