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Lumpy Ridge Trail to Gem Lake & Balanced Rock - Colorado, United States

by jimlarkey  
with a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx
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Story:
"The shallow waters of Gem Lake are cradled high among the rounded granite domes of Lumpy Ridge. Untouched by glaciation, this outcrop of 1.8 billion-year-old granite has been sculpted by wind and chemical erosion into a backbone-like ridge. Signs of these erosional forces--pillars, potholes, and balanced rocks--appear midway along the trail to Gem Lake. Other highpoints include spectacular views of the Estes Valley and Continental Divide, and a curious balanced rock called Paul Bunyan's Boot. Gem Lake's elevation is 8,800 feet."
(courtesy www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/winter_hike.htm)

If you're looking for an off-trail route to Balanced Rock, check out the "Locals" route, which skirts the Gemstones.
Tips:
Trail is well marked.  Even a privy at Gem Lake.  Enjoy the rock formations.
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Comments (1)
jaydeb
I made this trip 5 years ago and will make a return trip August 2010. Thanks for the pictures , most beautiful.
by jaydeb on Jun 05, 2010
Trip Info
November 22, 2008
Trip Location: Stanley Heights Subdivision, Colorado, United States
Length: 8.8 miles
Duration: 5 hours
Activity: Hiking
Trip viewed 6,166 times
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