Beginner's Backpacking at Diamond Lake
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.
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.
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