Gem Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible from March until October.
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.
Nice hike with a good amount of elevation gain. The lake my not be the greatest mountain lake, but the views of Estes Park from above are worth it!
Wonderful hike. Be sure to catch the view from the "other" side of Gem lake looking back to the entrance. The lake is almost like a pond but the views there and along the way are wonderful.
Very cool hike
Very easy to get to from Estes and not too difficult. Be sure to turn and look back a few times throughout the trail, there are some great views of the mountains to be had. The lake was a little disappointing when we went in October, so that certainly isn't the draw, but the hike itself with the views was worth it.
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.