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Date Sunday  3/31/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Gem Lake and Balanced Rock - Rescheduled
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Brad Warren
Co-Leader Bill Trout
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 1600
Driving Distance 80


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Contact Brad Warren at or 801-755-5876 to be added to the roster.


This is a reschedule of the March 3rd trip that was cancelled.  We will begin at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead and take the Gem Lake trail 1.7 miles to Gem Lake.  From the lake we will continue a little over a mile on the Gem Lake trail to the junction with the Balanced Rock trail which we will follow for another mile to its terminus at Balanced Rock. After a little rest and a bite to eat, we'll retrace our route back to the trailhead.  We will enjoy seeing some fabulous rock formations along the way and the incredible sweeping views of the high mountains of the RMNP from Longs Peak and the mountains surrounding Glacier Gorge, to the high peaks of the Mummy Range.  I think you'll find this to be a "gem" of a hike!


The area received 17 inches of snow on March 1st and 2nd and it's snowing again today (3/13).  Participants should bring microspikes and snowshoes and we'll go with what makes the most sense for the conditions.