Hike to Gem Lake
Gem Lake from Lumpy Ridge Trailhead, 3.5 RT, 1000′ Elevation Gain, 5.5 Difficulty Level, 8,845 Max Elevation
This particular hike started out with my two boys and the youngest’s girlfriend. My youngest son was not dressed for hiking whatsoever. Maybe that was intended. My oldest son and I left them in our dust and my youngest and his girlfriend ended up heading back after about half way.
The weather forecast said that it was going to be a tad cooler than it was. I think this is the first hike that I’ve been on where I was actually sweating. Not having showered when I got home, my husband actually told me that I had BO! Me! I kept smelling my shirt, and I think that he was nuts!
This hike has an area with high stairs, and many switchbacks.
My son decided to do a little off-roading, thinking that it would be a more direct route to the trail. It wasn’t.
The trailhead is actually on private property. It’s a pretty interesting story. You can read about the trail here. This is actually where Rocky Mountain National Park starts:
The colors were just starting to change.
As I mentioned above, I was getting a little warm, so I rolled up my sweatshirt and left it behind a log in this area, to pick it up on the way back down.
As we were passing these hikers, they asked if we had any extra water. They were visiting from Seattle and weren’t prepared for the hike or the altitude. I just had half a bottle, and my son had his big thermos, so I offered them mine.
They actually had a privy near the lake! I’ll show you a few pics of that soon.
What a small world! I was passing a couple of hikers and the woman asked if I was the one from the dog park. She goes to our dog park!
We have arrived…
My son decided to do a little more off-roading and told me that I should join him. I did. I’m now looking into buying a pair of gloves.
We went “off-roading” one more time…
The privy that I was glad to use…
This is what it looks like from afar. I guess my son saw it on the way up, but I missed it. It’s center, left.