Gem Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop

MODERATE 72 reviews
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Gem Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely worth it! I saw all ages at the top as well! Go up on the rocks right above the lake for the best view!

hiking
5 days ago

Uphill to gem lake all the way. Beautiful views on the way up. Worth it!

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike, especially with the alternate route back to the trailhead.

hiking
24 days ago

Good trail, there’s a lot of traffic towards the end but it’s worth. Don’t be dumb! I watched two teens get in the water... yes there are leaches, they found that out.

hiking
29 days ago

I echo everyone's remarks. Great day hike. Great views along the trail. Moderate but doable across all skill levels. Last quarter of mile the most arduous.

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rocky
1 month ago

This was a very nice day hike. The trail was fairly busy for a Monday. The views of the mountain skyline made for great panoramic shots. The lake itself is nothing to write home about, but the surrounding rocks made for excellent shots of the valley below and the mountain skyline. We went on a bit further past the lake. That trail is a lot less traveled, so if you are looking for some solitude keep walking. The extra trek also slows you visibility of areas on the other side of the mountain. Overall, good day and good trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up this trail yesterday. Just beautiful! No bugs. Amazing views. Loved Gem lake. Amazing view looking over the lake at the mountain. Did this hike easily without poles. I am an active person.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views going up to Gem Lake (definitely lots of big steps up/down, be warned)! Restrooms both at the trailhead and at the actual lake, no running water. The actual lake is nice, though the most memorable attraction might be the cute but EXTREMELY confident chipmunks - one chewed a hole in my bag of trail mix as I ate from it. (Please don't be a jerk and feed wild animals, y'all.)

The trail is very well maintained. The main Gem trail has very little shade if any so bring sunscreen! It was very busy on a Saturday afternoon with people every few hundred feet. The pond at the top might not have been worth it alone but scramble up the rocks to the left and you'll get a spectacular view

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail particularly after having had to trek through snow the last couple days! Snow melts quickly here. Lots of great ups and downs and beautiful scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

I completed this trail with friends on 4/21/19. There was no snow at the top of the trail by the lake and the trail itself was easy to navigate and well maintained. I definitely noticed the altitude as we climbed higher. There is also a restroom right by the lake for those who want/need it. I highly recommend this hike to those who are interested in a moderate level hike!

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snow
3 months ago

Last 1/4th of a mile is snow covered. The view of the mountains is better than the lake view.

Went with Kathleen. Lake was completely frozen over. A little icey at parts but mostly up towards the lake area. Was a decent hike once we went around the other part of the loop on the way back.

4 months ago

Completed this trail in August. It was a fairly easy hike (did not do any training beforehand and survived!). Great views overlooking the city and can see mountains for miles!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail. It was easily accomplished by 2 couch potatoes from Philly. It was a bit icy at the top by Gem Lake, but otherwise there's very little snow and ice. Beautiful view of Estes Park half way up.

6 months ago

Beautiful views! Some up hill followed by flat spots. Moderate seems like a fair rating. There was barely any snow or ice today! A few small ice patches. Put our spikes on for 2 short areas only. Beautiful day today! Temps in the 50s! And we could still walk on the lake! (very tiny lake that is)

6 months ago

Hiked Gem Lake Trail on Dec 26, 2018. Trail was clear, no need for spikes... only a few small sections with a little bit of ice. Gem Lake is frozen solid. Views of Estes Park area and Long's Peak and Twin Sisters are nice throughout the hike. On a clear day you'll also see back into Rocky Mountain National Park. Start early-ish to avoid crowds. We started at 9am and encountered about ten people, half a dozen cars in the lot. On our way down at 11:30 am... lots of people on the trail and the lot was completely full. Only 5 minutes from downtown Estes Park... lots of tourists hitting the easily accessible trail.

9 months ago

Really enjoyed this mod hike. Snow had just fallen with a low ceiling of clouds made it a good workout and super pretty! Totally recommend for a short mod hike

9 months ago

lots of fun rock scrambling options open the top above the late. super fun little hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike, first time seeing a bear while hiking! Small amount of water but great views.

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fun hike. Feels a little longer than 4.4. A bit of a smaller lake, if you’re bold enough to climb up the rock formation surrounding it you will be rewarded with a fantastic view.

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