Gem Lake Trail

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Gem Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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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Definitely a moderate trail. The last half mile of rock steps at the end was pushing the limits on my knees. I would recommend using trekking poles for that. Overall, a well maintained trail with spectacular views.

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5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Went on a weekday sometime around mid morning and the trail was decently busy, but not too crowded. Took us about an hour to reach the lake, but we took our time. We also climbed along the ridge to get a better view of the lake. Absolutely gorgeous views from the top. Definitely worth it and would certainly do again.

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Last 0.5 miles is a bit more difficult with the rock stairs. We watched some small kids struggle climbing up. Otherwise an great moderate hike. The water is clear and there are a lot of rocks to hang out and have lunch on. Pretty decent sized parking lot as well.

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11 days ago

So like others have stated this trail is moderate not hard. The only thing that will slow you down a bit is the last 0.5 miles the steps are sort of tall (about 3ft in some places) so you do have to take your time with your footing. Trail is also clear now, went this morning and it was completely dry.

Really nice trail system that is in RMNP but doesn't require a NP pass! I got up around 0630am and only passed about 6 people or so coming back down so weekdays seem like the time to go. Great views during the entire hike and lots of options to add onto it. I ended up going up to Gem Lake and then taking the trail past Twin Owls on my way back for a nice 4 mile hike. Perfect trail for people who are either casual hikers or just getting into it and want a bit of a challenge!

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12 days ago

Great trail get there early or it gets really busy.