4th of July Trailhead

Our hike to Diamond Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness



We had planned to go to Texas to stay with Grandma and Grandpa McAbee for the 4th but Grandpa had a health problem and had to have surgery a few days after so Grandma asked if we could postpone the trip until later. Of course we didn’t mind doing that but it left us scrambling to make plans for the holiday last minute. After some deliberation we decided to knock another hike off our list. We picked Diamond Lake because it was located at the Fourth of July trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Original, I know but this part of the world is so beautiful, everyone was excited to explore a new part.

The hike up was much longer than the guidebook suggested at least according to my Garmin Fenix 3 watch. For some reason the added gear required for fly-fishing made carrying Olivia feel like climbing Everest. It was a long slog for me as she slept in the carrier/backpack releasing her full weight onto my shoulders.

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The nice thing about the hike up to Diamond Lake is that you rarely, if ever, are far from water. Falls, riffles and torrents are visible all along the hike. And some of the larger waterfalls provide an audial backdrop that I found to be very peaceful.

When we got to the lake, we met a most friendly family. Warren and his children were visiting from Houston. He’s a principal and his wife is a hospital administrator who, depending on job prospects might be moving to Colorado soon. I think we will all remember the photo of his daughter Lily poised on a balance beam in a handstand with her legs parallel to the bar. She was young but you could tell they believed she could be in the next Olympic Games. Go Lily. I know that Izzie was inspired.

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After many stream crossings. we made it to the lake. I don’t have any photos of Jack and I fishing but a highlight for me was seeing Jack get excited when he watched trout come to the surface to take his fly. We weren’t able to land one but we had fun nonetheless. Marion thought the whole episode was boring. “Golf I can understand but fishing?” Jack and I knew better so we just shrugged off the comment.

Caroline’s most memorable moment of the hike was getting back to the car which speaks to the difficulty of the hike for us.

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Marion and Olivia were most impressed with the snow.

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We would all love to get back to Diamond Lake again.

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