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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11 hours ago

Beautiful trail, moderate activity for a Saturday mid morning. Lots of stairs at the top but overall a good workout. Many areas to stop and take pictures of Estes Park. Heading down from the lake was a bit rough on the knees. Lovely hike! Will do again.

A ton of steps, but the lake at the top is worth the climb. Plenty of chipmunks begging for food near the lake

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Great short hike, not as crowded as other RMNP trails. It is moderate/hard due to incline, but not technically difficult.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful, moderate hike, with amazing views the entire hike. I'm relatively fit, but a novice hiker and would rate as moderately easy (good workout, but very quick). Completed the whole hike in 1hr 15 min. Arrived at 8:30 AM and had no issues finding parking. It was a peaceful hike up, but by the time I headed down, the trails and the parking lot were already packed. Do yourself a favor and get up early, it's worth it :)

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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.

hiking
9 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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