Gem Lake Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Gem Lake is a great little hike with some awesome free views of Estes Park. The hike starts just outside of Estes up Devils Gulch Road. Turn on to Lumpy Ridge Road and park in the lot. $10 Parking Fee.
Really fun hike and close to downtown Estes Park!
Well-maintained trail climbs steadily upward to steep stone steps, culminating at Gem Lake. The lake was small and murky, but in an unusual setting surrounded by rock walls. Several of my traveling companions enjoyed casual rock-climbing both at the lake and at several formations along the trail. The climb is quite strenuous, but IMO the views of Estes Park near the top are worth the work.
Gem Lake was one of our first stops on our hike and was a good resting point after the incline. The water was quite low but it was beautiful nonetheless.
I would hike this trail again.
it was beautiful tail, definitely not as easy as I thought. but then again this is our first hike here so I'm sure it's just some getting use to haha and getting in shape. but still a great hike and plenty of hikers going through this trail. the lake up top wasn't all that I thought it would be but still a great location to relax after the hike up. weather changed dramatically while we we're up there sitting at the lake but we left shortly and didn't affect us much after leaving the lake back down. definitely take snacks and water :)
Gem Lake is a depression at the top of the hike which is rain fed (no creek feeding it). Yes, it's more like a pond, but in a very nice setting. Great for a little relaxing and a snack before heading back down. We broke off Gem Lake Trail to Black Canyon Trail which goes in front of Twin Owls. We then turned left on to Lumpy Ridge Trail for the rest of the return to the trailhead.
Went on this trail for my husband's bday, recommended by a friend--LOVED the views all the way up. The lake is small, but it's so quiet and peaceful and a nice rest after the climb. This trail had our favorite "on the way views!"
Steady climb up with some tall steps near the top. The lake is more of a pond, but is surrounded by a rock formation making it a unique setting. Other interesting formations on the way and beautiful fall colors made for a nice hike.
The views were more them impressive. Our family had a blast exploring caves and just spending good outdoor fun together. This trail was easy enough for my kids but still was challenging in some ways. I gave this trail a 3 because the trail was HEAVILY crowded, the "lake" was a disappointingly small pond and there was A LOT of really tall steps once you got toward the top. They were hard on our knees especially on the way down. Overall I thought it was great
Wow. Everything about this trail is beautiful. From driving to the trailhead to hiking up to the lake, everything is enjoyable. I would absolutely do this hike again.
Lots of stairs. The lake is more of a small pond. Good family hike, pretty views. Incline isn't bad - just a lot of steps.
This trail is scenic for its entire length! The lake at the top isn't the most impressive, but still a nice destination/resting spot after the climb, with pretty views of the mountains. The trail increases in difficulty as you near the lake, with the rock "steps" getting steeper. There is (oddly) a vault toilet at the top. We completed this hike on Sept. 8, and it was quite hot. I'd wait for a cooler day before doing this one again. Definitely recommend!
Quite a climb! Definitely will feel this hike tomorrow!
Gem Lake is one of my favorite hikes to go on with my family. Its always so rewarding to get to the lake and jump in to cool off! I'm so sad that I haven't gotten to go up this year :( good thing that there are still some warm weekends left