Gem Lake Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 102 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
Gem Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until September.

3.1 miles 925 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips trail running forest lake views wildlife rocky snow
Hide Map

Directions from Estes Park: Drive north on MacGregor Avenue. Cross the Hwy 34 bypass and continue to a sharp right turn and sign for MacGregor Ranch. Follow the blacktop ranch road to the parking area.

Karissa Urdahl
18 hours ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Kim Hasting
1 day ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Kelsey Krueger
2 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

A nice day hike with amazing views! I would highly recommend the hike to Gem Lake!

Karen H.
18 days ago

Karen H.
18 days ago

Kara Mitchell
21 days ago

22 Completed3 Reviews

I didn't really understand why this was number one. It wasn't anything spectacular. There are many better hikes in RMNP region. This is a quick and easy trek for after work though. No dogs, unfortunately. I did this one before I got my pup.

Alisha Aspeland
29 days ago

19 Completed4 Reviews

Easy hike, we did it with 3 little kids. While it say no dogs, lots of people had dogs with them. It was a tad bit windy once we made it to the lake, but it was so pretty! Some snow on the trail and muddy in some places.

Amy Sparling
1 month ago

11 Completed3 Reviews

Giving this a one because no dogs are allowed. It is considered to be within RMPN- we got there with our dogs & had to leave

Aaron Vernon
1 month ago

13 Completed14 Reviews

Awesome hike! There are some good rocks to climb near the lake.

Daniel Daniel Cruse
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Rita Wolf
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike.. still slippery and icy at this time

Chris Lott
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Eric Biller
2 months ago

11 Completed12 Reviews

Steep Hot Hike in summer bring water

Jennifer Brott
2 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Such a joy being on this trail. Beautiful views and an excellent experience.

Elise B.
3 months ago

Wonderful. A family favorite!

chris cruz
3 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice hike for February with light snow.

Lee Cox
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun for family. Nice views of town.

Cait L
4 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful!

Sean michael Crotty
4 months ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

Quick hike with great views!

Sharon Hanley
4 months ago

13 Completed12 Reviews

well marked trail, great views of Estes Park and mountains beyond