Gem Lake Trail

MODERATE 651 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
944 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.

hiking
8 days ago

Relatively short, not especially hard but one of our favorites. The lake is neat. A great place to pack a picnic lunch.

hiking
10 days ago

The hike and trail are great! Beautiful views of Long’s Peak and the surrounding area. Gem Lake is an average payoff.

hiking
14 days ago

For moderate to hard, if you’re from the East Coast, this is by far my favorite trail in Estes for exercise with beautiful vista rewards along the route. The elevation and incline of trail makes for great heart rate, while also providing moderate terrain for your own pace whether you power up or walk through.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trail. Took about two hours. The lake was frozen, but the views going up and back down made it so much more worth it. Would want to come back during summer times.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice trail, wasn't too rocky when I fell down the mountain

1 month ago

Beautiful, short hike away from the bustle of the crowds in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views, nice incline, beautiful lake.

1 month ago

Been to RMNP many times before but first time hiked Gem Lake Trail today, can’t ask for better weather, 60 degrees in late November, sunny blue sky and beautiful clouds.

The trail is well maintained, over look at Estes Park and RMNP, beautiful rock formations and the best part of the trail is the Gem Lake when you hike up to the top. Stunning views!

Plenty of parking spaces at the trailhead. No fee and even has a toilet station up there!

1 month ago

Loved this trail even in the midst of snow flurries! It was dreamy.

hiking
1 month ago

An absolute beautiful hike. Day before Thanksgiving 2017, it clocked 988 vertical climb...a LOT for and old man from the flat lands. Moderate bit of traffic, a little snow, but in all a wonderful experience. Would have liked to take the Black Canyon ? trail down at the fork but wasn't too sure if it terminated at the TH.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and accessible. Great views. No National Park fee required.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing ! Parking is free!

hiking
2 months ago

Well worth the drive from Denver.

2 months ago

This trail is very well maintained, and has beautiful views throughout the entire trail. It is not difficult, but does have a lot of steep incline for a fair portion of the last part of the trail. The lake at the end is more like a pond than a lake, but it still makes a lovely spot to eat lunch. The entire hike is quite lovely. I went with my 12 year-old.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. No $$ fee to get in, tho still technically RMNP. Pretty quick hike (2ish hours RT), with cool views. Funky outhouse half way up.

hiking
2 months 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!!!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views,

3 months ago

Difficult but worth the views

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