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Cliff Lake Trail 100

Classification: Trail

Location: N Diamond Lk. near old rd
Latitude: 47.1481°     Longitude: -115.1743°
Elevation: 5437 ft.

Length: 1.2Mi

End Location: Cliff Lake
End Latitude: 47.1389°     Longitude: -115.1935°
End Elevation: 5900 ft.

Area: Superior South

Season Start: Late Spring     End: Early Fall

Usage: Medium
Difficulty: Moderate

Legal Description: Principle T16N,R28W,sec17 MT

Travel due West of he Superior interchange on the Southside Frontage Road 69 for 4.9 miles to the junction of Dry Creek Road 342. Turn West onto Dry Creek Road and drive 9.5 miles to the junction of Diamond Lake Road 7843. Turn south and drive 4.1 miles to Diamond Lake. There is ample parking in this area. Trail 100 starts on the West Side of the bridge.

Alternate Directions:
UTM zone 11 (X,Y) 638413, 5223240
The elevation is 1657 m ( 5437 ft )
The local roughness is: 21.9 or extreme

The legal description is Principle T16N,R28W,sec18 MT
UTM zone 11 (X,Y) 636982, 5222185

Attractions and Comments:
Cliff Lake Trail provides relatively quick access into one the many alpine cirques in the Superior Ranger District. The scenic attractions include unobstructed views of Diamond Lake, Torino Peak and Eagle Cliff from an open avalanche point at the west end of Diamond Lake. There are several campsites located at both Diamond Lake (trailhead to Trail 100) and Cliff Lake. Outdoor toilet facilities are available at Diamond Lake.

Cliff Lake Trail actually starts near the waterfall at the outlet or Diamond ' Lake. From the outlet at Diamond Lake the trail follows an old logging spur road which parallels above the north side of the lake. At the end of this spur road, the actual foot trail becomes evident as it abandons the road and descends' to a view-point at the western end of Diamond Lake.

From this point, the trail begins a steady, gradual climb towards the Cliff Lake basin. The trail proceeds through an avalanche slide path typified by dwarfed and younger trees. Vegetation along this portion of the route is characterized by subalpine and alpine species. A variety of wildflowers adds to the beauty of this area.

The trail contains several short, steep rocky sections as it climbs from the west end of Diamond Lake. Because portions of the trail parallel the outlet scream from Cliff Lake, some of these rocky areas are likely to be wet and slippery. Several marshy areas will also be encountered Dear the end of the trail. Most of these marshy sections have been covered with boardwalk planking and should pose no serious problem to foot travelers.

The trail terminates at a campsite along the northern shore-of Cliff Lake. From this vantage point, a large snowfield can be viewed along the southern slope of the lake. It is not unusual for this snowfield to persist through the summer months without completely melting. The lake is flanked on three sides by steep slopes. Eagle-Cliff Mountain, the second highest mountain in Mineral.County, can be readily distinguished from the surrounding peaks with the help of a topographic map.

Because of the accessibility of both Diamond Lake and Cliff Lake, it is a popular trip for hikers and backpackers. Remember that the fragile soils and vegetation of these alpine regions are easily damaged. Travel lightly in the backcountry and 'pack out' whatever refuse you 'pack in'.


[photo] Cliff Lake with rocky mountains in the
background with some snow showing.

Photo above: Cliff Lake.

[photo] Flower with a brown, conical shaped center and green petals around.

Photo above: Coneflower.

[photo] Alpine lake in the mid-ground with flowers in the foreground and mountains to the sides and back.

Photo above: Diamond Lake.

[photo] Lake surrounded by trees and craggy mountains.

Photo above: Another view of Diamond Lake.

[photo] Yellow flower with a
black and white butterfly resting on the flower stalk.

Photo above: Groundsel flower and a butterfly.

[photo] Hikers in the foreground as they approach Cliff Lake and its spectacular background of vertical cliffs.

Photo above: Approaching Cliff Lake.

[photo] Blue flowers arranged on a single stalk.  Flowers resemble a hood.

Photo above: Monkshood flower.

[photo] Hikers in the foreground walking through a grassy areas with wildflowers.  In the background are the craggy mountains surrounding Cliff Lake.

Photo above: Two hikers on the trail between Diamond Lake to Cliff Lake.

Access: Hiking

Facilities: Campsites, Toilet, Fishing, Parking

Connections: Diamond Lake, Cliff Lake, Trail 203, Trail 738 (through Trail 203), Torino Creek, State line (Montana and Idaho)

Trail Map:

Trail Profile:

The 7.5 minute series USGS topographic maps for that area

De Borgia South Boyd Mountain Saint Regis
Berge Peak                       
Torino Peak
Wilson Gulch
? Sherlock Peak Illinois Peak

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