Diamond Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 10,737 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,881 feet.
Diamond Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"One of the top high-country wildflower hikes on the Front Range, Diamond Lake Trail has in excess of 100 different kinds of wildflowers coloring sweeping slopes and intimate glens, as well as plenty of crystalline waterfalls along the way. Initially, the trail follows the same path as that of Arapaho Pass and Fourth of July Mine. After 1 mile of steady climbing, Diamond Lake Trail branches off left and drops a few hundred feet before rising again to the lake. Both coming and going, hikers accumulate altitude losses and gains. Located on the south end of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area at the Fourth of July Trailhead, Diamond Lake Trail is extremely popular. Wildflower alert: A “century” trail with more than 100 species of wildflowers at peak bloom."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Front Range (Westcliffe Publishers).
"You have to squint to see a diamond shape in this lake, but the area around the lake presents the most spectacular wildflower display I ever have seen."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"This is a great short day hike up to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by towering, rocky summits. The views on the first section of the trail are spectacular. Expect to see wildflowers, cascading glacier-fed waterfalls, and great views out to Woodland Mountain, Devils Thumb, and Mount Neva. Trail conditions: The lower section of the trail is very popular and stays wet well into the summer months. The section from the Arapaho Pass Trail up to the lake is extremely wet, and there are several stream crossings. Expect to get wet. Most sections of the trail are well marked and easy to follow."
--Bob D'Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"This sparkling lake sits below the picturesque shoulder of Jasper Peak and is one of the
two closest lake hikes in the area, the other being Lost Lake. You can combine this with a hike to Jasper Lake if you want a more challenging, superscenic day. That combination could be an out-and-back, a car shuttle to the Hessie trailhead, or an overnight backpack."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
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