Gem Lake Trail

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Gem Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Angie Foster (149)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Erin Kroiss (88)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike for kids. Took 4, ages 6, 7 & 8. They did great.

L.S C. (173)

Stairs and more stairs. It is a beautiful view and small lake though. First half of hike is stairs.

Nick Sullivan (82)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was short but fun. Several amazing views.

Amy Hansen (143)

8 Completed8 Reviews

The trek upwards offered many beautiful vistas. The lake reminded me of South Dakota's Sylvan Lake with its similar backdrop. We witnessed a proposal at this beautiful spot!!

Stephen Mohamed (158)

3 Completed3 Reviews

This was a pretty tough hike for the kids ages 6 and 3 but once we got to the top it was amazing, the view of the lake was great and there were so many chipmunks! Great family hike for children ages 5 and up probably, as I had to carry my 3 year old a lot.

Christina Mohamed (169)

5 Completed2 Reviews

The views are amazing! It is quite a hike - more than we had anticipated but both the kids (3 and 6) made it up to the "lake". They enjoyed all the chipmunks running around at the top.

Lisa Williams (162)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. Beautiful views. Worth the incline. The lake is more like a pond. Don't carry any fishing gear, the lake is barren. Highly recommend this hike, it's so close to Estes Park.

Sam Norris (132)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The lake at the top is definitely not worth the hike up... but the view on the way DEFINITELY is. Like someone else said, the "steps" at the end are like taking stairs two a time, and it can be rough for older people with bad knees. You get a GORGEOUS view on the way up, and overall it isn't too bad. The trail is pretty well-marked, and the altitude isn't too bad.

Robert Williams (276)

6 Completed5 Reviews

Great incline lots of foot traffic. The "lake" was little more than a small pond but good workout.