Lumpy Ridge Short Loop
ElevationAscent: 400' 122 m
Descent: -378' -115 m
High: 8,182' 2,494 m
Low: 7,844' 2,391 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A quick loop from the Lumpy Ridge TH that offers spectacular views of the Twin Owls.”— Brian Smith
About a half a mile from the TH, the trail will split. Gem Lake Trail continues to the right while the Twin Gem Trail bears left - turn left here.
The Twin Gem Trail descends to the west, all the while offering magnificent views of the more than 1-billion year old Lumpy Ridge rock formations. As you descend, you'll end up directly below the Twin Owls - a pair or granite towers that rise distinctively from the surrounding formations. At this point, look for the Lumpy Ridge Trail to branch off to the left (south).
Follow the mostly flat Lumpy Ridge Trail through gradually thickening pine forest. You'll emerge back at the Lumpy Ridge TH fairly soon after starting down this trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park