South Side

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Oregon, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike, class 3-4 scramble
Time Required:
Half a day
Walk-up, scramble.

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Created On: Nov 22, 2002
Last Edited On: Feb 11, 2005


Turn off Highway 58 (Willamette Pass highway) at a sign for the Hills Creek Reservoir (1.3 miles east of Oakridge). After half a mile on Road 21, continue straight at an intersection onto Road 23. Follow this route for 15 miles of pavement and 4 miles of gravel to a pass beside Hemlock Butte. Turn left at a hiker-symbol sign immediately beyond the pass, drive 200 yards on a spur road, 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. The North side has the potential to generate some SICK ice routes in the right conditions.--(Winter information courtesy of "zzril").

Route Description

Hike to the south side of the mountain (via either Salt Creek or Divide Lake) and scramble up the south side. Once you get to the base of the monolith, go up the gully and, once on top of the gully, scramble to the summit. Scramble is class 3-4.

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Water is important. In the winter, bring an ice axe and crampons.

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Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 30, 2004 2:57 am - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

There are some pretty important discrepencies in your route info.

-Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of water or trail, not 300 feet from the lake.

-There is a climbers path that goes up from Divide Lake just to the right of the obvious rock field below the South Gully on Yoran.

-Once up at the base of the rock, scramble/hike around left of a rock ridge into the South Gully.

-Ascend the gully on the right side.

-Once at the top of the gully, you can not simply "scramble up and over to the summit". There is a vertical headwall that would be a technical climb. At this point, look right and scramble up to a notch in the ridge/wall on the right. Go up and over it to easier third class rock above a steep section that is not accessible from below on the back side (east side).

-You will pop over the ridge just below two mountain hemlock trees. Scramble up to the top and then to the right to the true summit. Remember this point for your descent as you do not want to pop back over the ridge too high and "tree" yourself.

-Descend the same way

Elevation gain is about 1800 feet and round trip is just over 8 miles.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Sep 20, 2007 1:28 pm - Hasn't voted

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Unfortunately, I don't think the submitter has been on SP for a while. Glad the info was of help to you. BTW, nice profile pic. Is that on Bailey?

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