|Mount Bailey from the beginning portion of the trail|
We hiked the loop counter clockwise and at the start we encountered numerous logs across the trail. We were trying to figure out if these were a warning to not use the trail or just some leftover winter/spring cleanup. Regardless, we hiked on. We both enjoyed the first 3 miles of the hike the most, as the trail followed along the lake shoreline and gave us awesome views of snow covered Mount Bailey and partially snow covered Mount Thielsen. We saw patches of blue Forget-Me-Nots and Mountain Bluebells and at times were escorted along the trail by flights of dragonflies.
|Mount Thielsen with Diamond Lake in foreground|
After 3 miles the trail moves away from the lake shoreline as it goes behind the Thielsen View campground and some private cabins. We tried to take breaks along this portion of the trail but found that every time we stopped, the mosquitoes started. So we opted for the eat-and-drink-while-in-motion routine.
|This sign is a trap set up by mosquitoes!!!!|
|Upstream view of Silent Creek from the bridge|
We also hiked along a large meadow area with views again of Mount Bailey and Mount Thielsen. They were both so beautiful today with the backdrop of a beautiful clear blue sky.
|A view of the paved 11.5 mile John Dellenback loop trail|
We made it back to the Lodge and completed our longest hike ever in 4 hours. We were definitely tired and our feet were sore from the paved trail, but we were excited to have completed this long hike and to enjoyed some awesome views.
So long Spring. Bring on Summer!
Glenn & Carol
P.S. If you are interested in hiking at Diamond Lake but 11.5 miles is a bit too much, consider hiking the first 1.7 miles along the lake shore till the trail reaches a road. Make that your turnaround point for a 3.4 mile hike. You can also take road 4795 to the Silent Creek bridge, park, and hike a 2.3 mile loop to the Silent Creek spring.
|Everyone enjoys Diamond Lake, even caterpillars!|