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coltonpalmerDiamond Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

coltonpalmer

My sons first peak.Great time, good weather, awesome company.
Posted Aug 18, 2013 10:43 am

coltonpalmerAwesome view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

coltonpalmer

Beautiful trip, great view from the top.
Posted Jun 28, 2013 8:55 pm

tdel010Southwest Ridge-a blast!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2013

tdel010

Did this one with a friend from work. We left the Pioneer Gulch trailhead around 1030AM. Mosquitoes weren't too bad, but they were there. I bet in another week or two it would be nasty. We brought DEET and I would definitely recommend that.

It was an absolutely beautiful day with high temps in the 60s. Zero wind-I've almost never experienced a quieter environment. We reached the junction with the Corrigan Lake/Marie Lake trail and began the bushwack 40 degrees NE. As the route description on SP says, you can't really see that you're on the ridge until you're pretty high up on it due to trees and terrain.

We ran into snow around 6400 feet, but for a while it was optional--scree and talus on the ridge's high point or snow on the south side of the ridge. We decided to put the snowshoes on at some point and kept them on except for when we had to walk over some rockier sections. I wished I had brought crampons since the snowshoes I was using didn't have the best crampons and I had to use my ice axe a lot to avoid sliding down.

Summited at around 330PM. Found a guy and his dog on top. The guy was doing yo-yo ski runs down the east side and it looked like fun. He was the only other person we saw all day. Fantastic views of the Sisters and Thielsen, and Jefferson and Hood we're visible in the distance.

Although the hike back down isn't on a trail, we were often on our boot prints (even in the dirt) from earlier in the day because the route kind of naturally pushes you in a certain path. We glissaded on a lot of snow stretches and were making good time but got a little lost towards the bottom. Our senses of direction were telling us both that we needed to go right (North), but the gps was telling us we needed to go left (South). We should've listened to the gps because after a 30 minute detour we realized we were not where we should've been. It felt so wrong, we couldn't believe it. It's hard to get too lost because as long as you're heading downhill you'll run into a trail sooner or later (the Corrigan Lake/Marie Lake trail). The key is knowing which way to go once you hit it.

Anway, ice axe was a must. Snowshoes or crampons. I would've preferred crampons. At the time we went, the SW ridge would've still been ski-able in a lot of areas, but I don't know that it would've been worth hauling gear up for it. The east side was still very ski-able. A good 2-day shuttle trip might've been to climb up the SW ridge, then ski down the east side to the PCT, and then hike out from there. A good map is always a must, but in this case a gps would be useful for route finding. The gps app on my phone was actually more useful than the older etrex I had.

Summary, a long day, but nothing too difficult or technical. A lot of fun. Just make sure you know where you are, where you're going, and which way will take you back!
Posted Jun 17, 2013 11:20 pm

QuackFiendSnowshoe to the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2013
Went with my cousin. Road 2160 still had snow so we hiked in from the intersection @ 2149. Hit continuous snow at about 5200' and used snowshoes from there on up.
Posted May 4, 2013 7:43 pm

JoelSkokFun, airy, expansive views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1980

JoelSkok

Our party of 5 included a dog. Excellent hike and scramble, seldom visited. Little evidence of even a climbers' path. Loved it
Posted Sep 13, 2012 10:18 pm

Paul McClellanHot and Humid Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2011

Paul McClellan

Drove FSR 6010 and 380 from the east. Hiked the Diamond Peak and Rockpile trails to Rockpile Lake, then on to Marie Lake. Bushwacked up the South Ridge route. It was a hot and humid day with intense mosquitoes near Marie Lake.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 1:08 am

Nick Turtura10 Aniversery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011

Nick Turtura

Proposed 10 years ago on top of Diamond, the return trip was just as nice. I love you Abby.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 11:30 pm

nicozoneStarted Too Late to Route Find
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2012

nicozone

On the advise of the Middle Fork Rangers, we decided to forgo attempting to get to Summit Lake (5600') to start from the PCT trailhead due to snow levels at 4500' and the road likely being blocked. We instead on Road 21 to 3556 to 4484 and started on trail 3632 at the 4950' elevation. We didn't start on the trail until noon, and turned back at 3:30pm when we realized we would be summiting and hiking back in the dark. No fresh tracks in the snow, so we were not very confident we could track back to the car via headlamps and using only our own tracks. A peak for another day.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 9:34 pm

DzulGreat climb, long day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011
Started from the PCT after camping at Marie Lake (yeah, bugs were bad). Hike/climb was great and the view was terrific. No snow crossing required. Be prepared for lots of false summits. Lost the trail on the way down, used a map/compass to find out way back to the PCT.

After the climb, the hike out to Trapper Creek trail head made for a long day.
Posted Sep 8, 2011 3:02 pm

DigityDanGreat

DigityDan

False summit after false summit. Stayed at Marie lake and was treated to mosquito factory.
Posted Aug 7, 2011 12:41 pm

cdogsummer hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2004

cdog

fun hike up Diamond Peak with my girlfriend Amy
Posted Aug 4, 2011 2:01 am

kraymesNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011

kraymes

From a still mostly frozen Divide Lake gained the ridge and skirted to the top. The trail from Notch Lake to Divide Lake was mostly covered in snow. The mosquitos were horrendous in the trees.
Posted Aug 2, 2011 10:57 am

RetroGearDiamond Peak - SW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010

RetroGear


Took advantage of a favorable break in weather to climb the SW Ridge. Time up from Pioneer Gulch trailhead was 4 hrs 20 minutes.
Clear overnight skies and low temps in the upper 30s gave up us firm snow. Snow level is currently about 5500'

We took snowshoes but stashed them at the junction with the Diamond Peak Trail (#3669) on the way in. The snow on the SW Ridge was pretty solid, so we put on crampons somewhere around 6000'.

Blue sky day, it was great. Did not see anyone else.

Snow softened up in afternoon and we used the snowshoes for the last part of the snow. Great trip!

Bob J. / Eugene, OR
Posted Aug 2, 2010 1:01 am

DervDiamond Peak: Pioneer Gulch
Date Climbed: May 23, 2010

Derv

Drove to the Pioneer Gulch trailhead with no problems...minimal snow on the road from earlier snow fall during the week. Started the hike about 7:30 AM and after about a half mile had to put on snowshoes...which remained on the rest of the day. Lots and lots of fresh snow which had not yet consolidated so the going was slow. Only one icy area on the way up the false peak where the slope was windswept and we could have used crampons. Weather conditions had deteriorated by the time we got to the top of the false peak and we could not see the summit proper nor much of the ridge that separates the two due to fog/clouds. Since Mother Nature was no longer cooperating the decision was made to head back down and try again another day.
Posted May 25, 2010 8:01 pm

JGHarrisonBluebird  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010

JGHarrison

Amazing weather. Drove to within 200 yards of the trail head (Pioneer Gulch) with a saturn (road obviously in good shape). Wonderful, easy snow climb. Beautiful hike up with lots of Nuthatches and Chickadees. Definitely pack some snowshoes or skis for the hike down in the afternoon.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 10:49 pm

HolkSouth Ridge Youngin'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1993

Holk

I climbed this with my dad, cousin and two older brothers when I was 8 years old. That pretty much started it for me I think and I really look forward to heading back that way in a little while for a multi-day climb.
Posted Mar 21, 2010 2:48 am

alpinedon1st-8th times  Sucess!

alpinedon

I have climbed DP more than any other mountain, seven times successfully and one time to the south summit in an escalating storm. I have climbed it with the Obsidians, with friends and solo. I have done both the Summit Lake/PCT route and the Pioneer Gulch. My last time was with my friend Mike and when we were back on the trail, a 200'+ tree fell and landed about one hundred feet away. Scary!
Posted Nov 22, 2009 4:12 pm

rmick25First snow of year  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

rmick25

Great conditions on mountain. Nice and cool and the usually loose cinder was somewhat frozen allowing nice passage. Second try of Diamond after an ill-fated attempt the year before in the winter.
Posted Sep 4, 2009 3:51 pm

vancouver islanderDiamond in the rough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

vancouver islander

The "normal" S Ridge route sounded a bit on the long side so we made our own way up a (so far) undocumented direct route from Corrigan Lake. Once on it, we could see that it was previously travelled however.

Pretty straightfoward route finding from inside our head nets as we sheltered from the hordes of voracious mozzies.

Route took us, more or less, direct to the summit from the south west from where we could look down on all those additional mozzie infested miles on the standard route that we'd missed.

Excellent day!
Posted Jul 8, 2009 12:02 am

cascadetravelerSpring fling on Diamond  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

cascadetraveler

Hi to all you summitposters out there. Wanted to share this mountain with you. It has been a great snow season and Diamond peak is consolidated and epic for 3,000+ feet of freeheeelin fun. I must Digress, I led a basic mountaineering class graduation climb this day. It was a great day with sun and clouds enough to keep the snow semi firm for good kick stepping. We had a strong group and were having enough fun we climbed all day. We were certainly spectators during the launch of at least ten backcountry teli skiers off the summit, good times.
Posted May 10, 2009 11:01 am

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