Lumpy Ridge Loop – Rocky Mountain NP

It seems like the summer trail running season is finally here. Time to chase the melting snow line as it recedes towards the Continental Divide. We headed out to the Lumpy Ridge Loop in RMNP on one of those perfect CO days. I think the route is best run clockwise because of the stunning views that slap you in the face after you drop down below Gem Lake for the last mile. We added on the spur to Bridal Veil Falls and Balanced Rock which resulted in a 16 miler with about 2,500 ft of gain.

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Steady climbing from the TH to about 9,200 feet. That was the highpoint.

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Came across what I think are Calypso Bulbosa wild orchids.

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Bridal Veil Falls. I wonder who comes up with these names?

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The Balanced Rock of Colorado. I had no idea we had one of these. Take that Utah!

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Gem Lake. We mocked you before we saw you 😦 Oh how wrong we were. I stood in there for 2 minutes before my feet went numb.

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Time to bring it home. Luv those downs.

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Gyros, philly cheese steaks and some roasted corn await. Let’s roll.

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