Gem Lake Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 111 trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
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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.

Alisha Aspeland
36 minutes ago

19 Completed3 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
4 days ago

11 Completed0 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
4 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

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

Daniel Daniel Cruse
25 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Rita Wolf
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great hike.. still slippery and icy at this time

Chris Lott
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Eric Biller
1 month ago

11 Completed0 Reviews

Steep Hot Hike in summer bring water

Jennifer Brott
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

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

Elise B.
2 months ago

Wonderful. A family favorite!

chris cruz
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Nice hike for February with light snow.

Lee Cox
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun for family. Nice views of town.

Cait L
3 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful!

Sean michael Crotty
3 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

Quick hike with great views!

Sharon Hanley
3 months ago

13 Completed12 Reviews

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

Nate Sullivan
3 months ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Stunning views of the mountains in RMNP. Lake isn't much to see in winter, but overall a very nice hike.

Josh W.
3 months ago

Great trail even in winter.

e. ritter
3 months ago

10 Completed11 Reviews

Caitlin Sanders
5 months ago

24 Completed18 Reviews

Tom Hansche
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail

Kristin Wold
6 months ago

13 Completed8 Reviews