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Diamond Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (20)

A late-to-open trail made better by the multiple highlights along this route.


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3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

Point to Point

11,509' 3,508 m

High

10,594' 3,229 m

Low

981' 299 m

Up

1,006' 307 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Campfires are not allowed. Camping at Diamond lake is limited to designated sites only. Permits required for overnight stays inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness from June 1 - September 15.

Description

The Diamond Lake Trail forks left from the Arapaho Pass Trail and drops 0.5 miles before crossing the North Fork of Middle Boulder Creek. Diamond Lake is located a mile further uphill from the bridge and scenic waterfall. This stretch of trail is on a northeast-facing aspect and holds snow during June and into July. In fact, those without orienteering skills that venture on the trail too early discover the lake impossible to find.

Continuing straight and passing the Diamond Lake side trail, the main trail continues for 2.4 miles, and climbs up to cross the ridge just above tree line. The drop to tree line may be difficult to find. There are piles of rock (cairns) at the edge of the trees. The Diamond Lake Trail joins the Devils Thumb Trail for access to Jasper and Devil's Thumb Lakes.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.6 from 20 votes

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Flowery meadows on a rainy day.
Aug 1, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Beautiful fields of wildflowers and views of South Arapaho.
Aug 1, 2017 near Nederland, CO

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Jun 14, 2021
Abby Palmgren
ya s try tyt
Aug 17, 2019
Noah Lucas
Jul 14, 2019
Cam Low
Oct 21, 2018
Jared K
Sep 23, 2018
KM Lacy
Beautiful and pretty easy to the lake. Great views at the top. Gets fairly busy in the summertime but not terrible 4mi
Sep 22, 2018
Cynthia B.
Sep 3, 2018
Elena Pocs
We made it to the lake by the campsites! Whole family on Labor Day. Absolutely gorgeous.
Aug 29, 2018
Mason LeGrange