Gem Lake Trail [CLOSED]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Gem Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 990 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Gem Lake is a great little hike with some awesome 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. Dogs are not allowed.

hiking
23 hours ago

Great trail to a beautiful alpine lake! Lots of rocks and steps. Beautiful views of the valley and snowy peaks in RMNP as you climb. Shady trail in the morning but mostly sunny by noon. At 8:00 on a Sunday AM when we arrived the parking lot was over half full.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful views of Estes Park valley. Plenty of parking at 1000. Even less busy when we got back down at 1300. (Midweek and 2nd day Park had reopened)Great well maintained path. A lot of stair climbing.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome hike - love the mostly rock/boulder trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked 5/27/20 - Great trail, beautiful views throughout. Lots of shaded areas & the trail has a variety of terrain which keeps it interesting for sure! No snow at all.

hiking
6 days ago

Made the drive to Estes to try and see if we could hike this trail. Parking lot was closed and warnings issued about citations if you cross. When the trail is open it is amazing. Will come back again and again.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Rocky and be extremely careful when iced out which can be slippery. The views from the top are absolutely incredible! Bring water, power bar, good boots, and a buddy system. We fell off track and had to find our way back through shrub to get on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this yesterday 3/20/20 in snow spikes. Always a fun trail to hike.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Just spikes is fine.. I’ve done light jogging downhill. Mostly snow not much ice. Not windy at all today. 03/20/20

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Trail is fun and challenging at the same time. Many times had to make up the trail to keep moving forward. The lake is frozen over still, however it is pretty cool to see and walk over. The scenic views on the way up are definitely the best part of the hike.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

What awesome views. Because Gem Lake was frozen, the journey was far superior to the destination, but in all honesty, the journey was always going to be better due to the truly amazing sights of Estes Park and the Continental Divide. I would recommend spikes for traction near the lake, but other than a few icy patches, the trail was in good condition.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

My gf and I did this hike in the snow and it was beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views and beautiful setting

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Used our micro spikes for parts but would’ve been fine without. Gorgeous views and not too much snow/ice for majority of the hike.

muddy
snow
2 months ago

We went this morning and got there at 9:45am. There were only 4 other cars. Parts of the trail were muddy, snowy and icy. I used my spikes mainly on the way down.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Sooooo many people but was nice when I found a good hammock spot.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 3/9/2020. A good change of pace from RMNP. The trail is a little muddy from the melted snow. Would definitely recommend spikes for the last .25 mile towards the lake. We saw quite a few people sliding down that didn’t have traction devices.

recorded Gem Lake Trail

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Nice climb. Spikes helped with the last 1/4 mile but not necessary.

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