Beginner's Backpacking at Diamond Lake

We returned from our trip, Beginner's Backpacking at Diamond Lake, on Sunday, July 09 2017.

A glorious escape from the oppressive heat of the lowlands, our group went fishing, hiking to an alpine lake, and butt-sledding down alpine snowfields. We had a bear visit our camp (and sample some of our food) and saw ptarmigan on our dayhike to Upper Diamond Lake. The Antolins win the prize for the fastest ICO hikers ever; even with fully-loaded packs, they were up to the lake in less than time than most day-hikers require, leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Happily, Diamond Lake now seems to have a sizeable population of Cutthroat when in previous years Brook Trout were pretty much the only game in town. Thanks to Deb for organizing the trip and to Diane for helping with the food. Thanks also to Leslie, Laura, Hana, and Michael for filling out the ranks on this lovely jaunt to our local mountains.

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Friday, July 07 2017 8:30 AM to Sunday, July 09 2017 5:00 PM
Required Pre-trip Meeting date and time: 
Wed, Jun 28 2017 5:30 PM
Pre-trip Meeting Info: 
Casey Middle School, 1301 High St, Boulder, CO 80304
Trip Description: 

When it starts to swelter in Boulder, go high to the diamond in the sky. Diamond Lake, that is. Only 3.5 miles hike takes one to this lovely lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness where we'll fish, play games, and explore. Participants should have no recent history of anemia or altitude sickness. 

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
10
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
2
Age/ grade level(s): 
Elementary (4-5)
Middle (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 

Nederland & Indian Peaks Wilderness

Hospital Name, Address and Phone: 
Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303; 720-854-7854
[West side] Middle Park Medical Center 1000 Granby Park Drive South, Granby, CO 80446 *Urgent Care Facility* 970-887-5800
County Name and Sherrif's Phone Number: 
Boulder County, 303-441-4444
Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
1-888-688-4647
Land Use Agency Name, Address and Phone: 

Rooselvelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-541-2500

Boulder County Open Space & Recreation; 303-678-6222

Sulphur Ranger District (national forest lands in Grand County), 9 Ten Mile Drive P.O. Box 10 Granby, Colorado 80446. 970-887-4100

State Patrol District and Phone : 
Colorado State Patrol District 1; 303-688-3115
Colorado State Patrol District 3; 970-506-4999
Emergency Services Number(s): 
911