Diamond Lake

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Everyone has pictured a clear, sparkling lake with a background of mountain cliffs, a perfect shoreline for picnics, and the sun shining down, warming up the Earth.

Everyone has pictured a clear, sparkling lake with a background of mountain cliffs, a perfect shoreline for picnics, and the sun shining down, warming up the Earth. This imaginative pictures is reality, if you know where to find it.
 Diamond Lake is located near Eldora. It is a 5.3 round trip hike with Diamond Lake being the turning point. The beginning of the hike is fairly easy, but it gets harder as you hike on. The forest top doesn’t provide as much shade as possible, and the trail gets rocky. It passes over and through trickles of water and has two stream crossings throughout the trail. On the hike, log paths guide you through marshy and muddy areas.
 This trail was very pet friendly. Many people had dogs, of all sizes. At the lake, dogs can splash and swim in the shallow water near the edge, where they can still be watched carefully. Pets are required to be secured on leashes, though. There is a reminder of this fact on the trailhead.
 This is a good hike for families with kids 8 and older. However, it is still a strenuous, steep hike with switch backs and natural obstacles that make the trail fun. Although there is only around 840 feet elevation gain, this trail goes up and down and it feels like much more than that. It is important to bring water and rain gear, because the weather can change extremely quickly.
 The lake is very exposed, and windy. It is advised to go early, so that you don’t get trapped in weather. Bring along your fishing pole! There are fish in the lake, and they will probably bite more in the early morning. Fishing can be tedious without a good coat and hat, though.
 All in all, this trail is fun, but hard. I would not advise the elderly or kids 7 and under to go on this trail, or those who aren’t physically fit. See you on the trail!
 

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