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

Great hike for views over Estes. The lake was a little disappointing. Definitely start early to avoid the crowds.

Great hike but can get a bit crowded

on Gem Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Not too crowded compared to the other popular trails! Not too challenging, and the summit is just beautiful. You can hang out at the lake for an hour or two before heading back. Very satisfying hike, would recommend!

Loved this!! The scenery and rock formations everywhere were spectacular!! Took my 5 kids ages 5-13 . Was a challenge for them in length just because they haven’t done many long ones and it was raining most of the time. Will definitely do again on a dry day! Had a blast and loved the views and rock scrambling you could choose to do. Good elevation gain but plenty of time to get there.

if you stairs you'll love this one

hiking
7 days ago

7/11/18
Really nice hike with great views over Estes Park and RMNP. Nice well marked trail, mostly shaded and plenty of rocks to climb. The lake is pretty small, but it’s in a cool canyon which was a good place for us to have lunch. Recommend.

hiking
8 days ago

Fun little hike to get a great view of the lake and the surrounding Rockies.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun trail! Really enjoyed the climb and seeing the various rock formations. Not too many wildflowers to be found. heavy trail traffic on the Saturday afternoon but that is to be expected on a gorgeous weekend day in the area. My bro and I climbed up the huge rock formation at the lake to capture the amazing view. Had a solid trail run flying down

10 days ago

7/7/18

great hike! The last little bit before reaching the lake is a little rough. we did this with a 3, 5, 7, and 9 year old. The 3 year old need a little help up the last few steps.

11 days ago

Loved the views!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike that we did with our little one on our back. Very Family friendly!

Wow! I loved this trail. the rock formations make it unique. I'd say it's difficult-light, not moderate, on the way in because its almost nonstop up hill.

11 days ago

It’s a pretty nice hike. Great views of Estes Park. Gem Lake is really cool; there are so many birds flying around the lake. The only thing is that it is a very steep hike.

The hike had far too many people on it for my preference, and I was there on a monday! Very uphill but not overly difficult. there are leeches in the lake, so enter at your own risk (they're Itty bitty though).

Good overall hike, nice views and interesting rock formations all along the route. Hardest "moderate hike" I've undertaken. Note it goes up nearly 1000 feet from the trailhead in just 1.6 miles. Large rock steps are especially hard on the knees coming down. I would do it again but older folks or families with small children may reconsider an easier moderate hike such as emerald.

Feels a bit stair masterish. The lake is very pretty and wasn’t crowded (we started our hike @ 7am). Later in the day, the lighting is probably better. We scrambled up to the top of the rocks around the lake...really fun and easy!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful wooded, Moss covered trees, Only 3 people & a dog on the trail

hiking
22 days ago

Quick hike if you want it to be. An hour and a half to go out and back if you keep up the pace. Really peaceful up at the top. There is a toilet 2/3 of the way up if you need one.

hiking
23 days ago

This was our first hike when arriving in RMNP. Hike had great views of Estes Park and the little lake at the top is pretty. I am an active person and found it to be kinda hard (pretty much just straight up). We did the Sky Pond hike the next day and i found that to be much easier and that was a 10 mile hike overall.

The trail is a little difficult to find and limited parking is available but this hike is seriously amazing! Great views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains from the top. The hike is fairly easy until the last half mile where it becomes a little steep!

hiking
25 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views and a great finale

Alright hike not many people around
Would be a better fall hike with all the colors

hiking
28 days ago

Decent hike, you could trail run it. The views were great of Estes. The lake at the top was pretty, the squirrels were intense , they come right up to you expecting food as other hikers must have given them. I would rate it as moderate if you’re trail running, easy if you’re walking if you’re in shape. If you’re not in shape, then it will be more difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike 6/18 and started around 7 a.m. The trail wasn't crowded at all at that time. The lake was beautiful. We extended our hike to Balanced Rock. When we came back, there were tons of people on the Gem Lake Trail. We took the longer way back via Twin Owls. That was a really cool route with much different views. Overall, all of these trails were very good.

shhhhh. Don’t let the word out. On a summer Saturday while the hoards were fighting over parking places or spots on the shuttle in RMNP we had this lovely trail almost to ourselves. Yes, the trail is tough but the wildflowers fantastic (identified over 50) and gorgeous rose quartz pieces on & alongside the trail — not to mention the fabulous scenery. This one’s a keeper

hiking
1 month ago

6/13/18: Beautiful trail with river access in the first half, lots of wildflowers, meadows, aspen groves, and pine forests. Most of the trail has dense ground vegetation with pretty grasses and wildflowers on each side. Some exposed areas but lots of shade. There's a short initial descent right at the beginning, then overall a very gradual incline. Went with my dog mid day, mid week, and came across 4 other small groups in 8 miles. The last mile or so enters RMNP so turned around here (dog). No big scenic vistas or mountain views, but great nonetheless and a different experience than subalpine/alpine hikes. Consider this easy if you hike often.

Great Memorial Day hike. The first mile and the last 1/2 mile are a steep workout but well worth it. It was a quiet trail and only crossed paths with 4 other small groups. My wife, dog and I enjoyed this trail immensely and will hike it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on Saturday June 9, 2018. The hike was harder than I expected. It’s pretty steep and basically all uphill the whole time so if you’re looking for an easy hike, I wouldn’t consider this one. The lake is a small one (more like a pond) but it’s pretty and nice to sit by once you get to the top! Lots of shade to cool off under.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this Trail! Only Hiked a few miles in on Sunday. Weather was amazing and trail was nice. Rangers were knowledgeable and pleasant. Walking along the river with all the flowers and butterflies was very peaceful. Parking lot was full but did not see very many people on the trail . Definitely a new favorite. Will hike further in next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in 3 miles, stopped for lunch and and hiked back. We had done Storm Pass the previous day, so a pretty hike with an overall 280 gain was easy on the knees. A real nice break from the crowded trails in RMNP.

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