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Incredible views at the lake! We logged 7.75 miles round trip with a short walk by the lake and parking close to the trail head.

Nice hike not hard at all. Nice view

3 days ago

Fall colors, incredible, next week they will be popping even more than they were on this hike.
beautiful Lake on top wasn't too busy on a Friday.

Beautiful scenery the whole way. Nice steady uphill climb. Moderate. One of my favorites!

Amazing views for being 20 min from Westminster. Even saw a rattler!

Awesome views from overlook, highly recommend this hike. It's pretty much uphill the whole way, but the view is worth it.

Love the view. Shaded hike for the most part, until the last maybe ten minutes or so. Beautiful views of all the smog

Nice easy hike when you are short on time. We didn’t do the whole thing because of that reason, but it’s an easy hike up. Nice views of the city and mountains in the distance. Great workout

It was a good trail for hiking. Lots of rocks, didn't wear the proper shoes for this trail. Very nice work out and got the blood pumping. Would do this hike again.

Love the trail! I would go back there again

This trail is awesome! Lots of beautiful views the entire time! There are a lot of steep hills that sometimes make it sketchy when having your dog with you. As long as you have control of them, you should be fine!

13 days ago

Nice workout and decent views

If your vehicle does well off road, you'll probably still be able to get a spot up top right by the trail head. Lots of panic parking on the road up there, so don't give up hope if you see cars everywhere. The trail was busy this weekend, but the weather was amazing.

on Diamond Lake Trail

15 days ago

Great trail. Wonderful views of 13teeners, massive amounts of wildflowers (in spring and summer), fantastic waterfalls, water-crossings and streams all along the way. We saw a moose - bull (great rack!), a female and her baby). The waterfall from Diamond Lake can be heard and seen (most of the time) tumbling down the opposite ridge along the first half of the trail. We hiked with out 10 and 7 year old all the way to the lake - upper end of moderate rating due to altitude and elevation gain would be more of an appropriate rating for this trail. Very enjoyable. LOTS of people with limited parking. I would go again on a weekday NOT a weekend. The road in is fun to drive if you have a vehicle with clearance. You are driving on dirt road for about 7 miles after you go through the town of Eldora. The dirt road into the main parking has some serious ditches and obstacles. I would suggest parking off the side of the road if you don't feel like four-wheeling.

Steadily uphill most of the way but not too taxing. A great spot close to Boulder. I was surprised by how scenic the canyon is. It's $8 to park for the day or $3 if you park on the street and walk up to the entrance. Hard to gauge because I wasn't paying close attention to it but I'd guess we drove about a half mile or so from the entrance to our parking spot by the trailhead. So if you walk in be prepared for a little extra hiking.

Rattlesnake Gulch is a great trail for hikers. I am Jason's daughter and I am ten years old. This is my third time on it and I absolutely love it. It does get a little steep sometimes, but all in all Rattlesnake Gulch is a wonderful scenic trail for everyone around six and above.

16 days ago

Labor Day weekend and showed up to the TH @ 9am and was still able to get a spot to park. Road to the TH is rough so keep that in mind. Hiked to Diamond Lake with my 9yr old son and logged 6.1mi total. The trail had a lot of little creeks and one of the most picturesque waterfalls I have seen here in CO. I thought the hike was relatively easy with plenty of mild portions to counter any ascents. Diamond lake is a beautiful lake and loaded with trout. We fly fished for about 90 minutes and caught feisty brookies left and right. The lake also has rainbows and cutties but we didnt catch any. Plenty of room at the lake to enjoy some lunch or peace and quiet. We will definitely be back to hike the upper lakes as well.

Good starter hike if you are not used to elevation. Gorgeous views. Well maintained and moderately traveled. After your done, take a dip in the water pools!

Wonderful trail :) Hiked here this morning (Monday). Got to the trail head a bit before 8 am, wandered around the lake for about 20 min then headed back down. Finished in about 2.5 hrs. Because it’s a weekday and I got to the TH relatively early, I had the entire trail to myself on the way up. Passed a dozen or so people heading up on my way back down. The forest is lovely and green right now and the lake is spectacular. Perfect day hike for most levels. Indian peaks wilderness, and especially the Fourth of July TH can be very busy on summer weekends. Try to avoid weekend hiking here if you’re looking for wilderness solitude.

One of my favorite hikes near the house.

22 days ago

Got there this morning at 9 am, parking lot almost full. Went clockwise on the trail, glad we did since we spent the hotter part of the day more in the shade. Good variety in scenery (open fields, forest, view of downtown and golden). Great hike for the pups. Mostly empty a few other hikers and bikers. Would definitely recommend and do again!

Fairly easy hike with great views of the continental divide and then the mountains once you're at the top. The trail is loose in some areas but it's well maintained.

This is a beautiful but hard-moderate with intense elevation. Lots of waterfalls and the lake is peaceful and serene. While we passed a few other hikes here there, overall it wasn't too trafficked on a Friday morning. By the time we left however, the parking lot was full. Take lots of breaks and power through the hills for a great pay off.

Phenomenal! The trails are beautiful to behold and the views of the valley are spectacular!

Phenomenal! The trails are beautiful to behold and the views of the valley are spectacular!

Hi all, lost my phone on the Arapaho Pass portion of this trail (likely close to the 4th of July Trailhead. If anyone recovered it, please email me at kristin.herrmann@gmail.com. Thank you!

26 days ago

Great short hike! This is my 12yo beagles favorite place to be. The parking and trails can get a little crowded. Great view behind every turn. Park staff is very friendly.

Only went to the ruins then turned around. Pretty heavily trafficked but the park itself is gorgeous & this trail is well maintained and provides very nice views throughout

28 days ago


is the fishing good?

How are the camping sites there?

good exercise

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