Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Glen Haven with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Just got back from this hike. It was fairly busy but gorgeous! Steep steps that were kind of hard on my short legs but it wasn’t too bad. Beautiful little lake at the top! And chipmunks everywhere!

hiking
4 days ago

I loved this trail! So clean and the views are amazing! We went in the morning around 8:30 and there was barely anyone on the trail the whole way up, but on the way down we ran into a lot more hikers. The lake is so peaceful and there are lots of places to explore at the top. Even though it is considered in Rocky Mountain National Park, you don’t need a pass. Large parking lot and bathroom at the base, as well as a toilet towards the top of the hike which I thought was a little strange, but maybe convenient for some.

Cliff the chipmunk is awesome

Gorgeous hike. Amazing views all over. Gem Lake was a little smaller than I expected, but beautiful and very friendly chipmunks (DO NOT FEED THEM)! Last bit was steep, but doable!

hiking
13 days ago

Wow. We did this trail on a rainy day, the rain turned into snow as we hiked and it was the most beautiful hike imaginable. Very clear path, and a couple detours you can take with stunning views. Goes higher than we were expecting - the last 15/20 minutes are just straight up but as others have said definitely worth it. The lake was stunning, very few people - likely because of the weather.

No $10 parking fee that we could find on May 2nd, took us about two and a half hours including stopping for photos. Truly a magical hike.

It was SO beautiful! Every time you stopped to take a little break, the view took your breath away!

hiking
14 days ago

It was nice views all the way up. No snow to walk thru. It was pretty steep going up like a lot of stairs. But again the nice views kept you going. The lake is really special and nice up top. If you like climbing you HAVE TO climb up the rocks on the backside!!! That was the highlight for us. Going down the trail was a breeze and took only about 30-40 minutes.

Very well maintained trail with a beautiful pond at the top with spectacular views, especially if you scramble to the top of the rock once you get to the pond. Great views of the Rockies along the way up, too. At only 3 miles this is the perfect trail if you only have a few hours but want great payoff views.

hiking
15 days ago

Being from out of town we tried to hike Bridal Falls. Couldn’t find a parking spot for our truck so we did this hike and wasn’t disappointed. No snow and the weather was perfect!

hiking
16 days ago

My husband and I completed this trail in about 2 to 2.5 hours. The views are astounding! it does get steep and Rocky the closer you get to the Lake. I would suggest good hiking boots and trekking poles if you've got them. Also, know that no dogs are allowed. An excellent way to see Estes Park and the Rockies :)

Beautiful hike. Took about 3 hrs to complete. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trail, but we managed since the trail was pretty worn by the time we got there.

hiking
21 days ago

I found this on geocaching.com about the geology of the area as I was pondering the formations.

"Gem Lake is an example of a pothole pond, a pond residing in the depression formed by the weathering of the underlying bedrock into a shallow bowl shape. The bedrock is granite of the Longs Peak-St. Vrain Batholith, and is on the order of 1.4 billion years old. The weathering of this granite through exfoliation is responsible for the many domes in the Lumpy Ridge area.

Gem Lake is exceptional for its size. Most potholes in the area are much smaller, with some being just a few feet across. Precipitation enters the pond through rain, snow, and direct runoff. There is no inlet or outlet stream."

hiking
22 days ago

DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL AT ALL. PERIOD.

Great hike on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It took 3 hours and I rested at the lake for at least a half an hour. The last 15-20 minutes of the hike is wicked. Straight up but don't give up! It is worth it.

The parking lot limits the amount of hikers so the trail wasn't too packed and I did have moments of quietude and awesome views.

I'll do this one again.

hiking
26 days ago

It was beautiful!!! Amazing views, it was steep and snowing when we went, but the view at the end was worth it. Can’t wait to do it again during the summer

Some slush and water on the trail right now as is appropriate in mud season. The trail up is rather unremarkable but still a beautiful walk in the woods. The summit view is wonderful.

4/20/18 Steeper than I expected. There’s a period of elevation in the beginning where I got worn out, then it evens out for a bit and you get excited/ relieved and the last portion steepens with large rocks.
There is a restroom about 2/3 of the way up.
There wasn’t a parking fee when I went.
The lake wasn’t frozen. This trail would be better during summer when the trees come back to life!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with spectacular views of Estes Park and the Rockies! Worth every step!

hiking
1 month ago

Kind of a crazy day today- winds reached up to 90 mph in the Denver area, and even in Estes the winds were blowing pretty bad (although not quite THAT bad). When we started off the hike, it was sunny and blue skies, with only a few clouds. By the time we got to the lake there were snow pellets slapping against our faces and we had to cover our faces as much as we could on the way down so we could see where we were going. We got pretty cold and wet, but the hike was worth it. Can’t wait to do this again in the summer!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was, for me, steep in a lot of places. I just took it slow (I'm not accustomed to the altitude), and was rewarded with fabulous views on the way up, and a nice little lake at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great!! The views were amazing. The only downside was the wind at the top of the mountain. My husband and I were able to set up our hammocks at the top and eat lunch though - it was wonderful! I highly recommend!

1 month ago

Hiked today 4/5/18. Great weather and well maintained trials. The lake was half froze over and lots of people enjoying the views along the way. Only have been to Estes Park / RMNP 3 times and next to dream lake hike this is my 2nd favorite so far!

Good hike. Don't let the beginning fool you, the last mile is a heck of an elevation gain. We were pooped by the end of it. Gorgeous views.

Parking is very limited so get an early start, especially during tourist season.

hiking
1 month ago

Great vistas and a well maintained trail. I would caution anyone with bad knees... definitely a stair master hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was so beautiful, it was snowing on and off the entire way. I would love to go back when the lake isn’t frozen over. Lots of climbing with this one so prepare to be sore the next day if you’re a novice like myself.

Total stairmaster of a hike! Short-ish and beautiful views of Estes.

walking
1 month ago

Well, it definitely provided the best views that I have seen through my many hikes in RNMP. The trail was steep & a bit arduous than I planned for. However I was expecting a bit more than we got when we finally reached the lake. I think summer would be best with the lake not frozen!

hiking
1 month ago

Steep, pretty, and achievable hike. Has some nice views over Estes Park

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, lots of stairs, great views, grab a pint at Lumpy Ridge Brewing post hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a wonderful hike, is very steep but doable. There were a few really slippery spots but overall a beautiful hike!

1 month ago

Great trail. Steep hike. Ditch the poles,spikes and snow shoes.

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