What a fun hike to Gem Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trailhead is actually outside the park in Estes Park. Along the way were unusual rock formations - one called Paul Bunyon’s boot, because of it’s size! We also ran into a photographer who was shooting a very rare flower called telesonix-jamesii which grows into the rocks around the lake. The rocks around Gem Lake are a popular spot for young rock climber test their skills.