Gem Lake Trail

MODERATE 607 reviews

Gem Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

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.

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1 day ago

Hiked on Thursday 12th. It was beautiful ! Amazing views. Plan for at least 3 hours. Steep trail in some parts but no problem if you are in half way decent shape. Chipmunks at Gem Lake are super cute!!!

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1 day ago

A fun trail for family, well marked with great views . The lake is small but worth the hike .

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6 days ago

My favorite trail in general and to take visiting guests to! Great mix of views and terrains. Fast and relatively easy with a great place to break halfway.

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9 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views,

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9 days ago

10 days ago

Difficult but worth the views

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11 days ago

Hiked with Zack and Casey on day 1. The trail was great and Gem Lake at the top was a nice area to rest and eat. We made it out there late and it started to get a little cold but that was the only minor problem.

13 days ago

Lake is small but trail is nicely marked, however,I did use a tracker to get back on the trail one time. I took 45 minutes to get there with a full backpack and I am almost 67. Can't wait to do bear lake and the 3 others near by.

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14 days ago

Short, easy to moderate hike. Rather steep elevation climb but trails relatively clear and easy to navigate; very scenic views along the hike. The Gem Lake area is especially good for resting / sitting before heading back down, but be careful there are lots of chipmunks running around looking for food

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15 days ago

Took my parents on this trail and they loved it. Take note that it is 1.7 mi each way so it climbs straight up 1,000 ft in that distance. That being said, I would rate this as mild, not too difficult at all. This trail is also not within the RMNP pay zone so be prepared for crowds - we were behind a group of over 20 out-of-state college students who were completely obnoxious. The Fall colors are beautiful!

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16 days ago

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