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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Boulder Ranger District

Quick Facts

Diamond Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,121 Feet (3085 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 579 Feet (176 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,700 Feet (3261 Meters) or 12,700 ft at Arapaho Glacier
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.2 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 975
Usage: Extremely Heavy
USGS Maps: Nederland, Monarch Lake




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General Description

This trail starts at the road closure at Buckingham Park operated by Boulder Count Parks department. It loops over a high ridge separating the North Fork Middle Boulder Creek/Jasper Creek drainage at 11,140 ft. It passes Diamond Lake, an extremely heavily used site with considerable damage along the shore from overuse. It then goes on to intersect with Chittenden Mountain Trail and Devils Thumb Lake Trail.

There is a great deal of private land in the area. Please obey signs and stay on trails.

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Fall .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Diamond Lake Trail
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