Diamond Peak via South Ridge

Diamond Peak Wilderness

October 26th, 2008

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* Marino Tanas
* Mike Pangburn
Photo credit: (mp) Mike's photos
* Roy McCormick

Trip Report: 

Organized by Mike P, this "spur of the moment" climb took advantage of a late October window of perfect weather. The three of us left Eugene in the predawn darkness with Mike driving at 0600 and arrived at the Diamond Rockpile Trailhead about 2 hours later. On the trail at 0830 we reached the breezy 8,744' summit in about 4 hours. Despite the stellar weather on a hunting season weekend we saw only two other people (& one dog). They had ascended the more commonly climbed (& shorter) Pioneer Gulch route. We descended the SW ridge from the false summit which required several miles of cross-country travel to pick up the Pioneer Gulch trail and loop back to the car, arriving around 1630 (total mileage: about 11 miles). This will most likely be my last mountaineering trip until the good weather arrives again next Spring. Until next time, -Roy

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Diamond Rockpile trailhead

 View of Summit Lake  Mike and Marino
 Small lake near Diamond Rockpile    

Marie Lake is where we left the trail

Marie lake Lone tree

Marino scrambling up the lower ridge

Working our way up the South Ridge Summit lake with Mt Thielson in background

View of true summit from "false summit"

On the ridge between the summits  

Marino's first time on the 8,744' summit. Crescent Lake is in Background

Me with the north peak in background. Dave Hinman and I scrambled up that one in 1994. Our actual GPS track and profile 


 Windy Summit panorama video I'm the overdressed one! (mp) Mike "scree skiing" down the SW Ridge




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