Diamonds and rubies hold nothing over the glittering beauty of Gem Lake. Set in a simple and elegant basin among the dollops of rock that make up Lumpy Ridge, the lake is a remarkable and popular destination. After a fairly intense climb, it's more than pleasurable to recline on a piece of smooth granite beside the emerald waters to rest, sunbathe and meditate. This is not a hike to be undertaken by the faint of foot. It's a steady climb to the lake; starting below the striking Twin Owls (popular with rock climbers) and ending with a steep stone staircase. The strain of the hiking is mitigated, however, by the views, which stretch out over the Estes Park basin to the smoke-colored slopes of Longs Peak.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Estes Park|
|Elevation Gain||910 ft|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,600 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,000 ft|
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