Gem Lake Trail
At 8,830 feet, Gem Lake lives up to its name. Granitic boulders, ledges and cliffs surround this small rain fed jewel. The trail travels along south and east facing slopes wandering in and out of a couple narrow canyons between granitic outcroppings. Interesting rock formations inspire the imagination. Several sections offer great views of Estes Park, Twin Sisters, Longs Peak, and the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorful wildflowers grace the trail from mid-June to early July. This trail is a good early and late season hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Estes Park|
|Elevation Gain||1,090 ft|
|Duration||2 - 3.5 hours|
|Season||Best from May to November, depending on snowfall; avoid hot summer days|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,740 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,830 ft|
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