“Make sure you look around… you may be missing something worth while”
The first weekend in October we headed up for a hike near the Nederland area with hopes to still see the changing colors of the leaves. If you’re never been to Colorado during the fall you are missing out! The aspens are breath-taking when changing colors and that’s about all I can say. You just have to see it for yourself.
Anyway… we took CO 72 (Coal Creek Canyon) towards Nederland. You turn west (left) at the Eldora exit just about a mile out from Nederland. Travel west on CR #130 and then NW on CR #111 to the 4th of July trailhead . If your vehicle has pretty low clearance I would recommend something else. It’s not the worst drive, but a tad bumpy.
Once you get on the trail is a nice leisurely/gradual climb up. A little over a mile into the trail it splits and you’ll stay left while the other trail switch backs to the right. It’s easy to navigate as there is a sign that points to the Dimond Lake trail. You’ll descend a bit into the woods and after a bit if you pay attention you’ll see a small waterfall to the right of the trail. When we were there is was so peaceful and beautiful.
After the waterfall you cross a small stream and then it trek gets a bit steeper, but nothing crazy. I would still rate this hike as easy though. A couple miles further and you reach a marshy area and will walk across some planks until you reach the banks of Dimond Lake.
Our dogs (my friend Kristmas’ dog Luna and our Boulder) had a blast running on the trail. I highly recommend getting an early start on this one though as it is a heavily trafficked trail and not a ton of parking. We started hiking just a little after 7 a.m. Hope you all go check it out sometime!
Diamond Lake Trail
Miles: 5.3 round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,222
Skill Level: Easy (maybe moderate for someone new to hiking or has issues with altitude)
Trailhead: Fourth of July
Indian Peak Wilderness