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Diamond Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (18)

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


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3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

72%

Runnable

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°)

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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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  4.5 from 18 votes

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Photos

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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Becky Boyle
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