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Gem Lake Trail and Lumpy Ridge Loop is a 4.4 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,131 ft Route type Loop

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

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Jessica Boisseau
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Hiking

Fantastic workout and beautiful view down into the valley, but good luck finding the actual trail. We read that you should follow the logs that are angled throughout the trial to keep you on track, but the “trail” we wound up on was a *steep* climb up some rocks. It was more like a cross between clinging and bouldering at that point. So probably not the intended trail but still a great time!

John Cardwell
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Hiking

Great to try something different, it doesn't feel like you're in RMNP. Maybe more like Brown's Canyon. Alltrails claims 1,100' elevation but man my legs were feeling this one, beware. Best part is that it didn't feel like a destination hike, the views along the trail were wonderful the entire way. F*** you if you feed the squirrels

Jared Stanton
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Hiking

Great hike to get our legs back under us.

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Kristen Hayes
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We went up to Gem Lake first and completed the Lumpy loop on the way down. Gem Lake is small but beautiful, and well worth the (tall, for short legged people) steps near the top. There were a couple of overly friendly ground squirrels at the lake so be mindful and don't share your food with them. A lot of hummingbirds in the area so listen closely!

Connor Hickey
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful trail. The first 1.5 miles of incline are absolutely worth it giving constant views the scenery. Gem lake is more of a pond in the summer but none the less a very unique and gorgeous piece of mountain terrain. I loved this trail, almost 0 bugs in July too.

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Jana Gallegos
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike and I definitely would recommend it. It’s not particularly easy but it’s not hard either. It’s just a nice little challenge on some parts where the step ups were pretty high up for my legs. You do need a reservation right now due to covid so go and get squared away or they may turn you around.

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Sheron Marshall
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Scenic overlooks and gorgeous rock formations. Pond is small as expected. Gem Lake trail started to get crowded (we left at 7:45 on a Saturday). Lumpy Ridge going down was quieter, but more exposed and quite warm. Parking lot not full even by 10:30 when we left.

C Olsen
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Hiking

I enjoyed it because I love rock formations but my 6 and 8 year old told me the lake wasn’t worth it and didn’t enjoy the climb. But we had done Emerald Lake trail the day before which had snow and was not as hot so I think it was the dramatic contrast. Definitely don’t hike with kids in midday unless they don’t mind heat and are used to hiking. That said, it took us 3 hours round trip with lots of breaks. I had good sneakers on but if you have hiking shoes wear them as the way down was making my feet slide around in the shoes. Not a big deal though. We did see a 65 year old woman who broke her ankle and was stuck our entire 3 hour hike while rangers came to carry her down. I wanted to share this - it’s not a hike for anyone with any kind of mobility issues. It will be tough on ankle, knee and hip joints. I enjoyed the hike but I had read the reviews that the lake was just nice and not amazing. But the views were great. Just different than the streams and snow that Emerald trail had.

Kaela S.
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Nice wildflowers. Last part before Gem Lake is much rockier. Shade intermittent. Gem Lake is small but gorgeous. Chipmunks are overly friendly, begging for food.

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Adam W.
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Hiking

Fairly short, but still somewhat strenuous, with interesting rock formations along the way and a small, pretty lake at the top. Unfortunately, the trail is often extremely crowded. I'd recommend avoiding except very early in the day.

Maria Cathleen
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Hiking

It was a good hike. The view wasn’t the best in RMNP, but good enough. Come early! The trail was quite crowded.

Robert Johnson
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Hiking

Nice trail. Some large steps. Beautiful rock formations. Gem lake was pretty, nice place for lunch. We did the extra loop for Lumpy which was a nice alternative way back.

Austin Terry
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Hiking

What a great hike, Gem Lake is a beautiful spot for a snack or lunch. We took the Lumpy Ridge Trail back down, it added some more beautiful scenery. You finish up at Twin Owls.

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Bert McLean
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Hiking

short but enjoyable hike. beautiful small lake. Saw six or so elks on the return loop.

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Jeff Southard
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Hiking

We decided to go to the left and do the Twin Owls Loop and then up to Gem Lake- That made for a nearly 6 mile hike. Lots of wild flowers.

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Anne Rowland
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Hiking

Make sure you have a reservation!

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Matthew Branigan
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Hiking

Trail is in great shape. Climb can be tiring but steps make it easier. Would highly recommend the hike and recommend climbing up the wall at the lake to a higher vantage point.

Mackenzie Vizgirda
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Hiking

This trail is great for any level. It’s well maintained and is easy to navigate. There are several amazing views throughout. The view of the lake at the top is beautiful and well worth it

Erin Ebach
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Hiking

Snow is packed down and muddy in some spots. Didn’t need spikes but would be helpful in some spots. Such a beautiful view of Estes park. Can’t wait to do this in the summer!

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Lesa Bak
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Theresa Weaver
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The Lumpy ridge trail was a good cool down after the climb to Gem Lake

Alex Hawkins
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Amazing views throughout!! If you're going during Winter, be careful as it gets more icy on the incline near Gem Lake.

Noe Rodriguez Jr.
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Jd T
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