This hike is power packed. The Twin Owls Trailhead on MacGregor Ranch previously provided a second option to access the Gem Lake trail. Gem Lake Hike Posted on November 17, 2020 December 9, 2020 by jim The very nice thing about Rocky Mountain National Park being mostly closed – fewer tourists! Closed until further notice with this new update are Lumpy Ridge Area & trail system including Gem Lake Trail & Black Canyon Trail, & additional trails in McGraw Ranch area including Cow Creek Trail. The views of the numerous lakes surrounded by gorgeous mountains is spectacular. A … Generally, there is slight elevation uphill to Gem Lake but the change of elevation is reasonable for Magical! The Cow Creek Trail, the Black Canyon Trail, the Gem Lake Trail and the Lumpy Ridge area were closed on Sunday, October 11, as well as associated cross country zones. Wow. Photo taken from the Gem Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park ... Road will be closed until further notice. The Cow Creek Trail, the Black Canyon Trail, the Gem Lake Trail and the Lumpy Ridge area and associated cross country zones were closed on Sunday, October 11. Trail Ridge Road closed at 3 p.m. Sunday due to critical fire weather conditions Share this: ... Gem Lake in RMNP is a winter wonderland! This segment of the trail, all the way up to Gem Lake, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. North Boundary Trail from McGraw Ranch & North Fork Trail remain closed. A hike of the Gem Lake trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, Dec. 12, revealed a winter wonderland. Old Fall River Road remains closed. Convenient trailhead only 10 miles from Toms Place at Route 395 up Rock Creek Road. With the opening of the new Lump Ridge Trailhead and parking area, the National Park Service reports that the Twin Owls Trailhead (and the old Gem Lake Trailhead) are permanently closed and will be restored to natural conditions. Area closures began on August 18 in the northwest section of the park and continued in the northeast area of the park on September 7. The Lumpy Ridge Area and trail system including the Gem Lake Trail, and Black Canyon Trail, as well as trails in the McGraw Ranch area including the Cow Creek Trail are closed … The Cow Creek Trail, the Black Canyon Trail, the Gem Lake Trail and the Lumpy Ridge area were closed on Sunday, Oct. 11, as were the associated cross country zones. ks — RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) October 11, 2020 The lake is frozen solid and snow was falling. Additional trail closures implemented yesterday include The Chapin Pass Trail … The Gem Lake Trail leads to the right, and begins ascending the southeastern portions of Lumpy Ridge, a massive granite rock outcropping that's been sculpted by wind and erosion over the last 1.8 billion years.