Lumpy Ridge Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain310ft
Trailhead Elevation7,855ft
Elevation Min/Max7853/7951ft
Elevation Start/End7855/7855ft

Lumpy Ridge Trail

Lumpy Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7,855 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 310 feet. Near the trailhead there are a recycling, waste baskets, restrooms, an information board, and parking. This trail connects with the following: Black Canyon Trail and Gem Lake Trail.

Lumpy Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Lumpy Ridge, lying in the northeastern sector of Rocky Mountain National Park and north of Estes Park, offers a sunny climbing playground with over thirty-five named crags on its 3-mile-long south-facing ridge. Its scattered lumps of granite form the park’s most popular climbing area, providing a huge variety of great climbs on perfect stone. Most routes are climbed in a traditional style, requiring the placement and removal of gear. A few bolted climbs arefound, but are the exception."

"Gem Lake, if you’ll pardon the pun, is a jewel. Located on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, this trailhead is one of the closest to the town of Estes Park. To begin this hike, leave your car and walk to the trailhead and signs that mark the beginning of the Gem Lake Trail.

Gem Lake’s lower elevation in relation to the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, along with the hike’s southern exposure, make this a great year-round hike. Estes Park is home to retirees, families, and other outdoors enthusiasts, so both the very old and very young frequent this trail."

Lumpy Ridge Trail Reviews

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I did this trail as part of an 11-mile loop as follows. Start at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead and head towards Twin Owls and the Black Canyon Trail but turn right and follow the Black Canyon trail at the junction. Continue on this trail until it hits the Dark Mountain trail and follow that trail (a right turn) towards the Cow Creek trailhead. Stay on this trail until it reaches the Gem Lake trail junction and then take a right and follow the trail leading to Gem Lake and the Lumpy Ridge trailhead. After Gem Lake take a left when the trail reaches a junction with the Black Canyon trail and return to the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead within 0.5 miles. You can find a map of this loop on the RMNP web site. The trail starts on pretty level open plains and follows private land for a while before it starts to climb. The views of the high peaks of the Rockies are pretty nice. Also, this part is popular with rock climbers because of big boulders and rocks. There is a green gate that you have to cross as you leave the private land. After this, it climbs pretty steadily but the trail is well maintained and not very rocky. Eventually, it levels out before it starts climbing again as you enter the trail towards Gem Lake. This lake is pretty small but is pretty. Beyond the lake, you descend back to the trailhead. I did this trail the first clear day after several cloudy, rainy, snowy days and some parts of the trail were covered with snow and/or ice but it was still doable. Saw only one couple returning from a short hike at the beginning of the loop but once I got to Gem Lake it was pretty crowded. Also, the hike from Gem Lake back to the trailhead was crowded. The entire loop took me 5 and 1/2 hours including a 15-30 min break for lunch.
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Beautiful March day!

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Nov 2018