Diamond Lake Hike

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Easy
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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11.7 km
Elevation
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207 m
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Diamond Lake Hike

Hiking the Diamond Lake Trail makes for a memorable experience. Exhibiting beautiful lakes and breathtaking views of the Wind River Mountains, this easy-going, remote route would make a great addition to your adventure itinerary. Some would say that this route is a diamond in the rough, but honestly, all routes in this area are amazing.

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Route Description

The Diamond Lake Trail is a rugged and wild adventure into the Wind River Mountains. Though this boasts a tranquil experience, the trailhead and parking lot are heavily used as the nearby Big Sandy Trail is a gateway into the Cirque of the Towers and the Bridger Wilderness. We suggest heading out in the early morning to secure a parking spot. As with all hikes in the area, expect windy conditions and come prepared to do some scrambling over felled trees. While unlikely, bear encounters are possible, so make sure at least one person in your group has a can of bear spray handy. Additionally, if you choose to swim, be mindful of leeches.

Sometimes all you need is an easy-going, relaxing escape into nature—and the Diamond Lake Trail provides just that. Get out into the fresh air and let your stress melt away. Exhibiting a diversity of flora and fauna along the way, you will also be treated to wonderful views of the Wind River Mountains peeking above the treeline. Passing three charming lakes, if time permits, take a picnic and have lunch overlooking one of these beautiful pools. While this route is stunning year-round, we enjoy this trek most in the spring when a dusting of snow remains on the Wind River Mountains, the vegetation is lush, and wildflowers blossoms! Don’t forget your camera; the scenery is picture-perfect.

After finding a parking spot, make your way to the Big Sandy Trailhead, setting out along the Freemont Trail. This lovely path will follow along the curves of the Big Sandy River into the wilderness. Soon after your departure from the trailhead, you will reach an intersection. Here, veer left, and you will be diverted onto the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Diverging from the riverside, the path will guide you to Meeks Cabin Lake, the first of the three. As you trek, keep an eye out for wildlife, notably moose! After leaving the lakeshore, you will be confronted with another junction; turn right onto the Diamond Lake Trail.

Beyond this point, the terrain will become increasingly exposed, unfolding wonderful views of Big Sandy Mountain and Mitchell Peak as you near the V Lake. Have a picnic overlooking the beautiful mountainscape and shimmering lake before beginning your final push to Diamond Lake. Being mindful of leeches, rejuvenate your tired feet in the refreshing water. Marvel at the beautiful scenery that surrounds you, then retrace your footing along the path the way you came.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Diamond Lake Trail?

The Diamond Lake Trail is a 7.3 mi out-and-back hike in the Bridger Wilderness.

Are dogs permitted on the Diamond Lake Trail?

Yes, on-leash dogs are permitted on the Diamond Lake Trail.

Insider Hints

  • Practice No Trace Principles
  • At least one person in your group should carry bear spray
  • The bugs are relentless, so bring bug spray
  • Charge your camera, the scenery is picture-perfect
  • Explore in the morning for more tranquility
  • Be mindful of leeches if you choose to wade into the water
  • Come prepared to do some scrambling over felled trees and overgrowth

Getting There

The Diamond Lake Trail departs from the Big Sandy Trailhead off Big Sandy Opening Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do

    May-September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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