The trail head starts in Tyrolian Village which is a private residential area, but very close to the base of Diamond Peak.
It starts off near some homes but then quickly winds its way away, along Incline Creek. It's also a popular mountain biking area.
Can you believe people ride their bicycles through this?!
We didn't come across too many people the weekend we were there. Going up we came across a handful of mountain bikers and only a few other hikers. Perhaps because it's in a private residential area less people start from where we did.
Even with all the rocks the trail is incredibly soft; lot's of soft dirt, which in the summer means you can get quite dusty, but it also feels incredibly good between our toes, after all, a dirty dog is a happy dog!
There's lots of coverage in the beginning from all the majestic pines.
Remember to stop for water breaks too since the elevation + incline can be more tiring. It's also a great reason to stop and climb all the boulders. I like to sniff for things to eat while my humans like to take pictures.
As you gain elevation, the trees start to thin out and to your left you'll start to see the lake. When we went in mid-September the days were still pretty warm, but this particular day happened to be a cloudy morning, which worked out well since by the time we reached the top, the sky opened up.
Climbing boulders is also a great way to get better views.