Gem Lake Trail

 6 votes

4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers

 

81% 

Runnable

Singletrack

1,239' 378 m

Ascent

-933' -284 m

Descent

8,839' 2,694 m

High

7,768' 2,368 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

81%

Max Grade (39°)

All Clear

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A steep trail that climbs to Gem Lake before descending to Cow Creek Trail.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Gem Lake is a popular trail that originates at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead. From the parking lot, follow the trail as it ascends through rugged rock outcroppings and take in the sweeping views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains. After just under two miles, you'll emerge at Gem Lake. This is a great place to take a breather before turning around or continuing to Balanced Rock Trail and/or Cow Creek Trail.

Descending from Gem Lake, you'll encounter the Balanced Rock Trail at mile three which branches off to the left. Follow it for views of a unique rock formation and to tack on a couple extra miles to your run if you like.

Continuing on Gem Lake Trail, you'll descend for the next mile or so into the Cow Creek drainage before crossing the river and climbing up to Cow Creek Trail.

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Apr 30, 2017
Mallory Semmler
Easy climbing, beautiful views. Great for kids. 3.4mi

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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#165

in Colorado

#1,791

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1,087 Since Jan 8, 2015
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Dry - Trail is in great shape.
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