A massive storm in 2008 eliminated a large part of the trail to Diana Lake, causing “radical geographic changes,” said the owner of the Diana Lake Lodge. A slide ripped a canyon down a sidehill, about 18 m (60 ft.) deep in places. The canyon is too large to hike up and over, so a temporary trail is across the washout and it is unstable in places. The slide area will likely remain unstable for a many years.
North of the lake a 2-km trail leads through alpine meadows and by a tiny springs to a pass, at 2312 m (7,588 ft.), N39931-E53142. From the pass ascend an open ridge for another 1 km or so, and the views expose the whole Diana Lake valley.
Diana Lake Lodge
This private lodge is available for bookings (www.pinnaclemeadows.com). Guests expect a private getaway and deserve to be left alone. Please respect their privacy and do not hike around the vicinity of the buildings. The trail to the ridge has been rerouted to eliminate hikers around the lodge. The lodge is surrounded by meadows about half a kilometre from the shores of Diana Lake.