Explore the most popular wildlife 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
2 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
4 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
5 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
6 days ago

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

hiking
7 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

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.

Loved the views!

hiking
9 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.

10 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
20 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
21 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.

hiking
23 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
26 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
28 days 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.

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.

Good hike, pretty steep the entire time. There are better hikes in the park though.

on Gem Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This hike might be moderate for some and hard for others. It is definitely very steep rock etc but has a well maintained trail. I have a Walking group of women in there middle fifties to 60 years old. We all made it but it was most definitely not moderate for us. If you’re in your twenties, thirties and into your 49’s and you workout regularly then this will be easy for you. The reward at the top is well worth the effort. Get there early because when we got down it was full and people were parked way down on road by entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an easy trail and the "lake" at the end is more of a pond. If you scale the rock formation right beside the lake you can get a great 360° view of the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Little harder than expected. Pretty lake with lots of views on the way up!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a much tougher hike than expected. It felt like we were going straight up the mountain. But, the views of Estes Park along the way are very cool. The final payoff- Gem Lake and the climbing cliffs are worth it. This is no easy stroll though.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a challenging but very rewarding hike. At the end, my dad and I climbed the cliff at the end and played with the chipmunks on the beach to the left. Very hard, very fun.

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