Mount Yoran is The prominant peak in a small complex of peaks that rise above the Divide lake basin. The basin is the northern extension of the Diamond Peak alpine region of the Diamond peak wilderness.
It is rugged and picturesque, and can be seen from many locations from Odell lake on the east side to the Salt creek tunnel west of Willamette Pass. Mount Yoran is a volcano that last erupted 400,000 years ago. The peak is an eroded shield volcano. The composition is Basalt and Andesite. What is present now is the weathered resistant plug.
The mountain is of interest to climbers. All profiles of the peak appear to have challenging lines. The peak By it's easiest route (south)is a loose class 3 climb with some fourth class potential if you dare! The north/east side has a doable 3rd class scramble, access is more difficult.
The peak does offer a couple of couliers that in winter/spring may offer some good snow climbing. a technical rock climbing ascent is possible, rock is questionable.
See the "Photos" page for a photo with the walk-up route shown.--(Walk-up route info courtesy of "zzril").
Coming from the north or south on Interstate-5 take exit 188 east willamette hwy/Klamathfalls. Follow State Hwy 58 for 36 miles till you come to the town of Oakridge. After stopping for supplies and or gas proceed thru town until you reach milepost 38 take the right turn for Hills Creek resevior. Travel south for about .7tenths of mile. here you will come to a fork stay to your left. you are now on road 23, follow this for twenty miles till you come to Hemlock Butte/ Vivian lake trailhead
Turn left at a hiker-symbol sign immediately beyond the pass and park at the Vivian Lake Trailhead.
Follow the trail about a mile to Notch Lake. Keep on going. At a trail junction about 0.2 mile, turn right on the Mount Yoran Trail (the trail does not ascend Mount Yoran). Follow the trail about 3 miles to Divide Lake ( a good spot to camp, as long as you stay at least 300 feet away from the lake or the nearby streams). Hike cross-country to the northeast of the lake to Mount Yoran's base.
In the winter, the best access to the mountain is to park at Salt Creek Falls. Navigate up the prominent drainage. Follow the RR tracks past a rock cut and then head up when it seems kind of marshy. I would recommend staying climber's left of the gully. This is about a 12 mi. R/T on snowshoes. Definitely bring ice axe, helmet, crampons. The North side has the potential to generate some SICK ice routes in the right conditions.--(Winter information courtesy of "zzril").
Since Mount Yoran is in the Diamond Peak Wilderness, a wilderness permit is needed to legally stay overnight in the area. Permits are free and are availible at wilderness trailheads. Remember to stay at least 300 feet away from lakes or streams. Fires are not allowed in summer or fall, as the fire danger is always considered "Extreme" from late May till the first snows of the fall season.
When To Climb
Mount Yoran is almost always climbed in the summer. It is feasible to climb in the winter, but only if you are an experienced snow and rock climber and if you can suffer extremely cold temperatures.
Camping in the Diamond Peak Wilderness is acceptable, but you must have a wilderness permit to stay overnight. Wilderness permits are free and are availible at trailheads. Stay at least 300 feet away from lakes or streams. Fires are not allowed in summer and fall.