By: Choose Mountains Ambassador, Elizabeth Briggs
For our first Colorado meetup, we wanted to keep things relatively simple. A nice, moderate hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness just outside of Eldora seemed like a perfect fit, so we decided on the beautiful sub-alpine Diamond Lake Trail. Even though it had been a heavy snow year here in the Rockies and in May we celebrated the Second Coming of Winter, I felt confident that the low elevation of the lake and recent hot temperatures would have melted the area out by mid-June. Heck, I’d just climbed three different fourteeners the week prior and came across barely any snow, so I figured we’d be good to go. The last thing I anticipated was to come across a recent trip report stating that the trail to the lake was still inaccessible due to deep snow fields. Seriously? I thought. No way.
Cut to the night before the meetup and fellow CM ambassador Kim and I are pouring over maps and frantically trying to come up with a suitable backup plan just in case the lake was off-limits. Unfortunately, nothing else out of the same trailhead looked promising either. We finally agreed that it was way too late to change plans on everyone at that point, so why not just wing it and see what happens.
The next morning was a gorgeous 80-degree bluebird day when everyone gathered at the trailhead, ten of us in total. Folks chatted and went through the usual nice-to-meet-you pleasantries as Kim and I scanned the surrounding area for, as she put it, “all this so-called snow.” As expected, there was none to be found. At least not until we reached 10,600 ft. or so.
Unfortunately none of us got any pictures of all the mashed potatoes and corn we post-holed our way through, even though there was quite a bit and everyone ended up with wet feet. We were all too busy just trying to stay afloat!
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