Diamond Peak Loop and Climb

3 days, 2 nights, 28.8 miles, max elev 8744'

The basic plan is to be on the road by 9:30am for the 3.5 hour drive towards Oakridge and the Willamette Pass area (about 350 miles RT). Once we get to the Blue Lake Trailhead in the early afternoon…

Day 1: 8.2 mi, +800 ft:
Starting from the Blue Lake TH, we’ll hike in the 2 or so miles to #3699, which we’ll follow south along the western flank of Diamond Peak for 4.8 miles, then turn eastward on #3622 for 1.4 miles and find a campsite for the night at Marie Lake (with Rockpile Lake as a backup option).

Day 2: 11.1 mi, +2400 ft:
We’ll get up at a reasonable hour (on the trail by 9:30 or so) and continue eastward 0.7 miles to the PCT, where we’ll head north for 1.2 miles to the “corner”, where we’ll turn off for the 2.8 mile +1800 ft RT climb of Diamond Peak. Once we’re back to the PCT, its northward for another 5.6 miles towards Yeon Mountain and #3683, where we’ll turn and go the 0.8 miles downhill to Divide Lake.

Day 3: 9.5 Mi, -1000 ft:
Once again up at a reasonable hour, we’ll continue westward on #3683 for 3.2 miles to Notch Lake, where we’ll hop back onto #3699 for 4.5 miles to Blue Lake, then the 2 or so miles back to our cars and home.

Full disclosure here- this is all new territory to me, but I was able to piece the above itinerary together from Sullivan’s Central Cascades book (#s 98 and 99), Lorain’s Backpacking Oregon (#12), and my ever expanding map collection (specifically AdventureMaps Oakridge). As of 7/2/13 snow levels are at 5500 feet, so hopefully things will be melted out by the time we get there. Other than your normal backpacking gear, I’d suggest bringing along a summit pack and traction devices (micro spikes or ice trekkers), and be prepared for mosquitos.

Since this is new territory I’m going to limit this to 6. Drivers will need a NW Forest Pass, and we’ll pick up a self-issued wilderness permit at the TH. Speaking of the drive, I live in Sellwood and have good parking, so let’s meet at my place at 8:45am, where we can also figure out any gear sharing that we’ll need to do.

As far as my style of backpacking goes, I move at about 2 mph and I am neither an ultra-light guy nor a “head down” hiker.

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  • Pete

    Great trip with good friends, thanks Zach for an awesome weekend.

    August 5, 2013

  • johnny

    Hey guys, sorry I no-showed. Honestly, last I checked I was on the waiting list so, I didn't even know I got in. Thanks to the gmail update all of my meetup emails go to a different folder so I don't always see them.

    August 5, 2013

  • Zachary

    *WOW* doesn't even begin to cover it!! That sure was one pretty trail, especially on the east side, and the trip up to the top of Diamond Peak was well worth the effort. Always a pleasure to share the trail with Mountain Men like Pete and Steve (and Jersey).

    August 5, 2013

  • Steve

    What a EPIC journey ...amazing time with two great guys...a trail that doesn't stop giving...enjoyed every step...Thank for putting this together Zach!

    August 5, 2013

  • Pete

    If needed I can drive and take 4 hikers, gear and my pooch.

    July 30, 2013

  • jeremiah

    looks like i'm double booked! Oops!

    July 29, 2013

  • Zachary

    Here's a recent trip report of the climb (Thanks Jessbee!!) http://www.portlandhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16206 I am looking forward to this trip !!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Andy

    I did part of this loop July 4 weekend including nights at Marie Lake and Divide Lake. Pretty consistent snow on the eastern flank of Diamond Peak around 7200' Mosquitoes were BAD (even with DEET and netting) at both lakes. Gorgeous scenery!

    July 13, 2013

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