"Though Rocky Mountain National Park could, as a whole, be called a gem, the small lake found in a granite bowl on Lumpy Ridge is aptly called Gem Lake. Not only is it an interesting hike geologically, but an extraordinary saxifrage, called telesonix, blooms here in July. This pink flower found here (and on Pikes Peak) tucks itself into crevices in the mounded granite surrounding Gem Lake.
Devil’s Gulch Road (which began as MacGregor Avenue) has trailhead parking for about 20 vehicles, and it pays to arrive early or to wait until late afternoon. The close proximity to Estes Park makes Gem Lake easily accessible. The route rises more than 1,000 feet in just two miles, making it a good workout, albeit with views, character, and a fine finale. Wildflower alert: Check out hot pink telesonix tucked into Gem’s granite crevices in July."