Gem Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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This trail winds amid uncounted granite monoliths to a gem’s setting on the east end of Lumpy Ridge. Gem Lake nestles in a granite setting on the east end of Lumpy Ridge. When Arapaho horse nomads ventured from the plains, they called the uncounted rock domes along the ridge bounding the north edge of Estes Park the Little Lumps. Mapmakers adapted this name to Lumpy Ridge. In the 1870s bear hunter Israel Rowe discovered the lake and declared it to be a gem. Some hikers may find Gem Lake to be a less-fitting name than Lumpy Ridge. Gem is small, shallow, and stagnant. Nonetheless, many hikers vote for its attraction with their feet, making Gem Lake one of the most frequently visited in the national park.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

This trail winds amid uncounted granite monoliths to a gem’s setting on the east end of Lumpy Ridge. Gem Lake nestles in a granite setting on the east end of Lumpy Ridge. When Arapaho horse nomads ventured from the plains, they called the uncounted rock domes along the ridge bounding the north edge of Estes Park the Little Lumps.

Mapmakers adapted this name to Lumpy Ridge. In the 1870s bear hunter Israel Rowe discovered the lake and declared it to be a gem. Some hikers may find Gem Lake to be a less-fitting name than Lumpy Ridge. Gem is small, shallow, and stagnant. Nonetheless, many hikers vote for its attraction with their feet, making Gem Lake one of the most frequently visited in the national park.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 7,920 feet
Top Elevation: 8,830 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Glen Haven and Estes Park; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Gem Lake

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