Panorama on the Diamond Lake hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Diamond Lake Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness
View Photos
Trail of the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoDiamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, has amazing mountain viewsSpring Runoff Waterfall from the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoMountain view from the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoWaterfall crossing on the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoWaterfall on the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoHalfway bridge on the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoFourth of July road on the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoViews of the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoPanorama of the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoDiamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, ColoradoSign on the Diamond Lake Trail Hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Diamond Lake Trail

Distance: 10.0km
Elevation: 361m
Time: 3-4.5h

Difficulty Rating:

User Ratings:
9.3 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty

This is a nice, half-day hike that takes you out to a crystal clear alpine lake with stunning mountain views. We love this longer hike because the terrain is exciting, and Diamond Lake is remarkable. We recommend putting in the hours for this trek. It’s worth it.

Diamond Lake Trail hike Map

Getting there

From the Nederland traffic circle, take the 3rd exit, South onto N Bridge St./Peak to Peak Hwy. Turn right on Eldora Rd. Continue on Hessie Road where it turns to gravel. Take a Right on 4th of July Rd up to the parking.

I’ve done this 8 people have done this
I want to do this 19 want to do this route

About

When to do

Early June to Late September

Backcountry Campsites

Around Diamond Lake

Toilets

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Diamond Lake Trail
Elevation Graph


Route Description for Diamond Lake Trail

The trailhead begins at the end of 4th of July Road. You will begin on Arapaho Pass Trail from a well-marked trailhead with a map of the surrounding area. From the trailhead you can look down the valley and see Eldora Mountain Ski Resort.

The trail slowly gains elevation as it traverses along the valley through the thick pine forest. Arriving at a trail junction and sign, you will continue towards Diamond Lake and slowly descend down into the valley.

At the bottom of the valley, you will arrive at a bridge and creek crossing with a small waterfall upstream. From the bridge the trails climbs uphill, up the other side of the valley.

You will be hiking through another thick pine forest until you reach the edge of the lake. The views around Diamond Lake open up to display peaks in the distance and Mount Jasper (3939m) in the foreground. When you’re ready, head back on the trail you came up on.

If you want to find other great hikes in Indian Peaks Wilderness, check out the Lone Eagle Peak hike, Lake Isabelle trail, Rainbow Lakes trail or the Arapaho Glacier Trail.

Insider Hints

  • Visit the Town of Nederland, and grab a bite at Crosscut Pizzeria & Taphouse or a beer at the Very Nice Brewing Company after your hike.

  • High clearance 4x4 vehicles are not required to make it up the gravel road, but it wouldn’t hurt!

  • Plan for hiking over rocks and roots, and don’t be surprised if there is water on the trail; during late spring and summer, water runoff from the high mountains will continually keep this trail wet.

Comments

Jane Lewitt 7 mins ago

Beautiful scenery the whole way. Plenty of spots to take pictures. Make sure to soak in the view!

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
BoulderBound 1 week ago

Gorgeous hike. Wildflowers and waterfalls are adorable.

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Tiffany Swift 2 weeks ago

Absolutely gorgeous views the entire time! One of my favorite so far.

10.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Wyatt Thomas 1 year ago

Diamond Lake Trail was great, and I enjoyed stopping in Nederland after.

9.0 Overall Rating
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
4 Comments

Similar hikes to the Diamond Lake Trail hike

Lost Lake trail, Indian Peaks

Lost Lake

Difficulty:
6.84km
248m
2-3h

This is a popular, family-friendly hike, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. Lost Lake is a moderately…

Scenery from the Lake Isabelle hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Lake Isabelle Trail

Difficulty:
16km
354m
4-6h

The fantastic Lake Isabelle trail is one of the best Nederland hikes, and one of our favorites in the Indian…

Views from the Lake Dorothy hike in Indian Peaks, Colorado

Lake Dorothy

Difficulty:
12.54km
594m
4-6h

This hike through the Indian Peaks has an awesome reward: Lake Dorothy. Lake Dorothy is a beautiful alpine lake at…