Gem Lake Hike followed by Chili at Norm's House

Located just outside Estes, Gem Lake is a lovely little rain-filled lake back-dropped by a large rock edifice. The views are beautiful on the way up. About halfway, there's an oft-photographed rock with a hole that goes clear through it, and this has made an interesting frame for numerous hikers' heads.

The altitude gain is 971 feet but the hike is just 3.3 miles round-trip, so this hike will be perfect for getting in shape for the summer hiking season.

There's no need to pack a lunch for this one. We'll just head back to my (Norm's) house after the hike for chili, cornbread and salad, and probably some alcoholic libations as well. If the fancy strikes us, I have numerous board games we can play: Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Buzzwords, etc.

We'll carpool from Starbucks at 17th and Hover.

Here are the directions to the Lumpy Ridge trailhead:

To reach the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead: From US 36 in downtown Estes Park, drive north on MacGregor Avenue. Shortly after crossing US Highway 34, MacGregor Avenue will turn into Devils Gulch Road. Continue on Devils Gulch Road bypassing the gateway to the MacGregor Ranch area. Less than a mile ahead, the turn off to the trailhead is marked by an NPS sign. Turn left (north) onto the trailhead access road which dead ends several hundred yards from Devils Gulch Road. The trailhead and parking area have pit toilets.

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  • Mary M.

    Beautiful "winter" hike, great company, yummy chili, fun playing the game together. Couldn't ask for a better time. Thank you again, Norm, for organizing the hike, and for providing the food and opening your house for the party.

    April 22, 2013

  • Maureen

    All around awesome day! Thanks everyone!

    April 20, 2013

  • Steve J.

    Thanks again, Norm, for the wonderful food and hospitality at your house after the hike! I hope to see every one soon on hikes to follow!

    April 20, 2013

  • Steve J.

    5 stars! great people and great hike!!!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again everyone. Had a great time. Hope I can attend the next one.

    April 20, 2013

  • Marsha

    Great hike and gooood chili. Thanks Norm!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't make the hike, but the gathering afterwards was fun. Thanks for hosting food and games at your house Norm...good group!

    April 20, 2013

    • Jeanne

      gosh - i didn't realize that skipping the hike but going to the get together was an option. i would have done it!

      April 20, 2013

  • chonghui k.

    Hi!
    so sorry, I am unable to hike today, i have a sore ankle.
    hope next meet, enjoy the beautiful day!
    thank you. chong hui

    April 20, 2013

  • Myra

    Things came up. Have to run errands.

    April 19, 2013

  • tom h.

    I'll meet at the TH, 10:00?

    April 19, 2013

  • SUE ANN T.

    Sorry, I forgot I have an appointment tomorrow morning!

    April 19, 2013

  • Norm

    The latest forecast for tomorrow's hike is about 43 degrees. I don't think it will be snowing but there's a 40 percent chance of precipitation for later in the day.

    April 19, 2013

  • Norm

    2 topics: wait list and footwear. First, if you're on the wait list and want to come, please come. No one will be turned away and we'll probably have last minute cancellations anyway. Second, footwear. We'll have snow on the trail this week-end. Hiking boots should be fine; but it would be good to bring traction devices along (if you have them) just in case we run into an icy section. I will bring a spare pair if someone wants to use them. Snowshoes will work too. It would be good to bring a pair of shoes to change into after the hike. We should have sunny weather, about 51 degrees.

    April 18, 2013

  • Steve J.

    Should we bring our snowshoes? I heard the Estes Park area got hit the hardest!

    April 16, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Norm -

    ihave to be in boulder @ 3:00 ( i can probably let it slip a little.)

    April 14, 2013

  • Norm

    For after the hike, my address is 2662 Beech Circle, Longmont, CO, 80503. It's pretty close to where we're meeting to carpool.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you there

    April 13, 2013

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