Fantastic balanced rocks and jutting pillars are among interesting rock formations on the way to this natural “gem.” The Estes Park area usually has a mild winter and Gem Lake can be reached in late fall. This hike lies mostly in Rocky Mountain National Park but no fee is required. Dogs and bicycles are prohibited. The little lake is truly a “gem,” nestled in a natural amphitheater, sculpted from the rounded granite domes of Lumpy Ridge. Untouched by glaciation, this knobby ridge has been shaped by wind, water and “granite spalling” into many interesting rock formations, including fantastic balanced rocks and jutting pillars visible along the route. The trail is clear and well maintained, and \the views south to Estes Park, Longs Peak and many other mountains are excellent. Lumpy Ridge is a major center for rock climbing in the Park. You can spot climbers typically on the south-facing routes of The Twin Owls.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Estes Park|
|Elevation Gain||1,210 ft|
|Duration||64 minutes up, 45 minutes down|
|Season||Late April to early November|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,745 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,825 ft|
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