Bridal Veil Falls Via Lumpy Ridge Trails is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking.
Hiked loop minus the bridal falls out and back branch (which I think reduced it to 10.5 or 11 miles). Wonderfully quiet in the winter, did not see another person besides toward the very start. pretty views on the descent from Gem "Lake". Very slow moving on portions of the Black Canyon and Cow Creek trail without snowshoes, as the snow was quite deep and the trail had not been blazed since the last snowfall in one section. I will definitely bring snowshoes if I return this winter. Microspikes and poles were a definite must for the icy descent portion.
I have been hiking this either Sep 27 or 28 (last hike, Sep 28, 2016) when the Aspen fall colors are at their best, optimum color. Lump loop trail is really great for viewing Fall colors, spectacular rock formation and a small lake rightfully named Gem lake.
Excellent hike. Lots of mule deer, some evidence of elk, etc. Enjoy the views of The Needles, and don't forget to go UP the falls to Cow Creek! Bring nutrition, water, and a filter. Some portions can be run to cut down your time on trail. Our Garmin devices showed almost 3500 ascent, but that was with the climb to Cow Creek.
Beautiful trail with lots of different terrain.
Challening, Serene hike that will take from the front and back of "The Needles." If you bring along some climbing gear you can even go rock climbing as well!
Great loop trail for interval training.Started at Lumpy ride TH going up Black canyon. Great views of Longs peak from Mac Gregor ranch.
There is great description of the trail at Rockymountainhikingtrails.com so I will skip trail description.
Gem lake was not a gem, more like a puddle of water.
Great views again coming down Gem lake trail.
There aren't much views when you climb up Dark mountain trail and Cow creek trail as most of it goes thru trees. Views from MacGregor ranch and coming down Gem lake trail at the end are fab. Saw a herd of deer in early section of Dark mountain trail.
Total miles = 11 miles. Moving time 5 hrs 11 mins. Took 1 hr between for lunch, photos and rest stops.
Beautiful and quiet. We did the ten mile loop and saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed a peaceful hike.
a great hike with panoramic views of Long's Peak along the way. The trail is very well maintained and is a relatively easy hike. We hiked up to Gem Lake which even with lots of people around on the Saturday, you had a feeling that you were alone in a special place. Highly recommend it and when any of our friends from back east come to visit we will make this hike again.
We did this hike as a loop clockwise to get some good sunrise photos of McGregor Ranch, Longs Peak and Lumpy Ridge. The trail was easy to navigate and offered a lot of opportunities to take short (2 mile out and back) hikes to other destinations. The uphill portions of the trail were fairly easy and always resulted in great views. Gem Lake was disappointingly small and crowded. Our hike was 11.8 miles with 2,680' of elevation gain. The 2013 Flood washout portions of the trail have been repaired and do not pose any issues. You will definitely enjoy this one regardless of your skill level.
I did this trail but in combination with a portion of the needless trail, crow creek trail, and the gem lake trail; so we did a giant loop. We went up around 9 am and got back to our car around 5/6 pm. Going up the lumpy ridge trail is very steep and can be challenging but the views at the top are so worth it! In my opinion it is an absolutely spectacular view, but not a good trail for beginners. I suggest doing the loop like I did if you plan on spending the day in the mountains and getting a good work out! :-) Love this trail! I need to do again!