Gem Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO 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.
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.