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Early Summer Mount Yoran


Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Object Title: Early Summer Mount Yoran

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 30, 2010

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer


Page By: HungarySagehen

Created/Edited: Jul 3, 2010 / Jul 5, 2010

Object ID: 634348

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Mount Yoran in Half a Day

Diamond Peak from Trailhead
View from V. Lake Trailhead

I had never been to the Diamond Peak Wilderness before and I wanted to make a quick, one-day trip near home.

I called the Middle Fork Ranger Station and confirmed that the Vivian Lake Trailhead was accessible; no snow on the roads despite the crummy weather recently.
I brought gaiters because I assumed, although the trailhead was snow-free, I would hit my fair share on the way to Mount Yoran and Divide Lake at almost 6400 feet.
I got a late start after work and got to the Vivian Lake Trailhead probably around 12 or 1 in the afternoon.
I made my way past Notch Lake only running into small pockets of snow.

Termites doing their thing
Mount Yoran Trail
Not all the trail was snow-covered

After turning on to the Mount Yoran trail about a mile in, the trail was completely covered by snow almost all the way to Divide Lake. Old, slightly overgrown trailmarkers hacked into the trees led the way, but my routefinding skills were still put to the test.
The Vortex
Found this Vortex on the Mount Yoran Trail

Yoran s S Gully
South Gully of Mount Yoran

I finally reached Divide Lake and the base of Mount Yoran at 3:30 or 4. Following the trail on the way up proved difficult.
Divide Lake
Yoran above Divide Lake

The scramble up the south gully involved A LOT of loose rock, but nothing too dangerous or difficult. Made it to the summit in gorgeous weather in probably 30-40 minutes from Divide Lake.

View from the Top
South from the Summit

Heading Down

Snow Lines

The snow is certainly melting out though, and the trail should be easier to follow in a few weeks I would imagine.

I probably spent too long on the summit, and I passed Notch Lake on the way back the sun was setting. I definitely had to grab this shot.
Notch Lake
Sunset reflected in Notch Lake


Notch LakeDivide LakeView from the TopSnow LinesTermitesMount Yoran TrailThe Vortex
Yoran\'s S GullyDiamond Peak from Trailhead


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