Gem Lake Trail

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Gem Lake Trail

Gem Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A beautiful and accessible short hike into Rocky Mountain Park that leads to a small lake surrounded by unique granite rock. This is a very popular trailhead and parking area for hikers and climbers. Arrive early in the morning during the summer months to secure a parking space. The hike starts near the restrooms below the towering cliffs of the Twin Owl formations.

When looking at the cliffs from the south, the high rock walls resemble two perched owls. Access the trail near the restrooms and begin hiking through a beautiful, small aspen forest. Several climber-accessible trails shoot off to the left and up to the popular granite cliffs. The trail climbs up past the aspen and into open views and ponderosa pines. Looking west into Rocky Mountain National Park, you can see several high peaks, with Longs Peak being the most impressive and dominant at 14,255 feet above sea level."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round; can be snow-packed in the winter months
Season
State Forest State Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park #200
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018