Bridal Veil Falls Via Lumpy Ridge Trails

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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.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3149 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike with a variety of thing to see. Not many people on the trail other then from Gem lake down to the lot which is full of people.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

9 days ago

We did this on Saturday 6/10. We woke up late and didn't get to the park until around 8/8:30am. The parking lot was full so we parked about 0.5 miles from the trailhead on the side of the road. If you go on a weekend get there early to beat the Gem Lake hikers. Once you pass a very crowded and very small Gem Lake you won't see many people on the trail until you get to the Cow Creek trail. It was crowded at Bridal Veil Falls (which is also a very small area). There was a wedding that was ending as we got there. Some people had problems on the rocks leading to the falls but the trail is decently marked and it's not too long until you are there. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen given the lack of tree cover on this hike. Some hikers spotted a brown bear right off trail but we only saw friendly chipmunks. I found it to be more moderate than hard. You go up and down hill versus all up and all down so that made it challenging on the last half of the hike. Very beautiful views along the way.

11 days ago

19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Started the hike on 5/28 at 9:15 am from Lumpy Ridge TH, clockwise route. Trail was snow free and the small parking lot was about half full.

This was a nice hike with many different features, which is the reason for 5 stars. Heading into Mcgregor Ranch we saw a couple bull elk on the trail. Had to wait awhile for them to move. The open meadows and the view of Longs Peak were good. On the way to Bridal Falls we followed the creek through many Aspen groves. Saw a turkey at Bridal Falls intersection. Bridal Falls was great - very powerful this time of year. Great spot for lunch. We then proceeded to Gem Lake. Didn't see anyone on the uphill stretch to a nice gem of a lake. It was super crowed though, and we left after being swarmed by brazen chipmunks.

Solid, long day hike with mountain views, some wild life, open meadows, forest, a creek, waterfall, and a very unique lake.

1 month ago

1 month ago

So much fun- lots of steps back up to return to gem lake and trailhead but totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

4 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of different terrain.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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!

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016