Diamond Lake Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain2,881ft
Trailhead Elevation10,737ft
Top11,525ft
Elevation Min/Max10559/11525ft
Elevation Start/End10737/10737ft

Diamond Lake Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Devils Thumb Trail, Around the Diamond Lake Route and Arapaho Pass Trail.

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Kent Dannen
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"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." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"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." Read more

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8/10/2018
Since this is near the Arapaho Glacier (you even walk the same trail for a bit) it made sense to check out Diamond Lake, as well. There are wildflowers, awesome views, a cool waterfall and even more lakes to explore, so don't just stop at one. Beautiful area.
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9/5/2011
I wish I would have had my pedometer on me b/c this hike feels much longer than 5 miles roundtrip from the Fourth of July TH. Beautiful stream crossings, waterfalls to view and the lake is wonderful. I would do this hike again. Due to the long winter and rainy summer, hundreds of flowers were still in bloom!
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6/26/2010
Great flowers, even though I was hiking to the lake to fish and don't know much about flowers. First time I have seen Glacier Lillies in ages. Be aware that the 1:24000 topo map linked to from this guide shows old trail routes which no longer exist. The trail sketch and description in this guide is correct. JW
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7/20/2009
The hike was incredible with colorful flowers and breathtaking views during the hike and at the lake. An alpine meadow next to the lake was a pleasant surprise. You'll find streams and waterfalls along the way!
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2/5/2009
Great day hike in the summer. The views were awesome. I also snowshoed to the lake in the winter. The trail is very hard to find with snow on the ground. Ended up going a roundabout way to the lake. Still beautiful in the winter
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9/12/2005
Beautiful, short day hike, pretty much as advertised in the trail guide. The directions to the trailhead are somewhat lacking, however; he makes no mention of the fact that the last 5.2 miles on CR111 are on a rocky dirt road (slow going, but passable in a non-4-wheel drive vehicle). Also does not mention to look for the signs for the 4th of July campground
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Skiing
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Nederland
Local Maps

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Dec 2018