Upper Diamond Lake is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,070 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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8 months ago

The first lake was really pretty, I don’t think the upper lake was worth it unless you are just trying to get the elevation and miles in. The last .2 miles to the not pretty upper lake was a pretty easy scramble up talis.

hiking
8 months ago

Started around 615am and reached the upper lake by 8am with a few breaks - beautiful sunrise and peaceful morning, nobody else on the trail at that hour! The trail is in great condition, though you’ll need to pay attention to follow it in certain spots. This trail is suitable for most people - not super challenging, but beautiful nonetheless. Enjoy!

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9 months ago

Make sure to look at photo of route and follow that. My advice would be to follow creek up through valley once you get to the last 1/2 mile. It takes a lot of work to get up to that upper Diamond Lake but overall it's a really amazing hike.

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9 months ago

Wild flowers!!!

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muddy
9 months ago

I love this hike. I’ve done it a couple times because it’s such a fun hike for visitors. One thing that’s great about it is the ‘choose your own adventure’ feel to it. You can go to the first lake which is a 5 mile out and back experience. Or take it to the second lake which was gorgeous and overflowing with wild flowers. Or lastly, challenge yourself and go to the third lake which is above the tree line and requires a little rock scramble. If you go to the third lake make sure to download the map, the trail disappears a few times along the way. Also we had our German Shepherd with us and the rock climb was hard for her, if you can carry your pup you should be fine. All in all, 10/10 would recommend— in the summer there are gorgeous wild flowers and so many waterfall streams and in fall the colors are unreal. Do this hike.

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9 months ago

Worth the climb! Half the fun is figuring out how to get there.

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10 months ago

Fantastic hike!

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10 months ago

great trail. there were almost no signs. you have to look for branches laid across forks in the trail indicating that isnt the correct way.

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11 months ago

6/27/19 We hiked this trail toward Diamond Lake. This is a beautiful trail, definitely rated Moderate. The trail is largely wooded, no extreme inclines to mile 1.94. Due to Colorado’s late spring, we finally encountered enough snow at that point - a bridge over a ripping stream- that we turned back. The problem wasn’t the snow itself, but rather the great difficulty of finding the trail. We’ll definitely return to get all the way to the lake. PS The Fourth of July Road is awful. Factor in enough time - in our case, 30 mins each way! - when you schedule your hike.

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Sun Sep 30 2018

Diamond lake is beautiful! Even less traffic/people on the trail going beyond to the upper lake with more great open expansive views and spaces

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