Gem Trail to Balanced Rock

MODERATE 3 reviews
#84 of 129 trails in

Gem Trail to Balanced Rock is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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, birding, and horses and is best used from March until August. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
19 days ago

Views are great. Large parking lot that fills up quickly. Lots of traffic to/from gem lake, pretty much no traffic to/from balanced rock from gem lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail; very well maintained. It's a decent climb up to the lake but not brutal. Also, there was considerable traffic on this part of the trail. The views on the way to the lake are remarkable. Once we passed the lake we had the trail to ourselves for the entirety of the out and back. Didn't see another soul between the lake, Balanced Rock, and back to the lake.

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015