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thorn free n pleasant
Overview: Short but steep trail to Gem Lake in the Cabinet Mountains.
Hike: The trail is signed at the trailhead and heads east from the road. The elevation gain begins immediately as you head into the forest. The trail itself is in great shape but is very crowded by vegetation. Luckily, none of the vegetation has thorns, so it's just a matter of pushing through the plants as you follow the trail.
There are some lazy switchbacks as you head east, then southeast. Views are limited but look behind you to see the old Lunch Peak Lookout to the west. If you're curious, that lookout is accessible from a nearby trail or can be driven up to if your vehicle can withstand the rough road.
After about a mile, you can see a steep ridge in front of and above you, and there will likely be snow on it in places well into summer. The trail will turn east again as you hike the final stretch to the lake. Eventually, Gem Lake appears through the trees, and as you enter the bowl, the lake is in front of you. There are a few nice campsites around the lake. The trail ends at the southwest edge of the lake, which is roughly 15 acres, but you can pick your way along the lake's edge by following social trails.
Retrace your steps back out when done. Gem Lake Trail is not the most exciting trail but is pleasant and pretty easy considering the elevation gain.
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