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Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2011-09-04

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6379 ft / 1944 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the Asotin county high point, for some reason I had not planned this point but after reading the trip reports for Asotin, I realized I should probably get this one while I was here.
From the junction after the Misery Peak CCC camp, stay on the road to the right (FR4030) and follow for a little more than 5 miles. A large parking area and trailhead with signs to Misery Peak and Diamond Peak "1 mile". This is a well used trail. The forest service was there with 3 vehicles and horse trailers when I arrived. They were probably assisting in the wildfire fighting going on over the next ridge to the west. The area has been hard hit with high winds after a wet spring, so windfalls were everywhere. On my ascent, I did not find the trail to Diamond peak, although I continued up the trail to the top of the obvious ridge and bushwacked my way to the Diamond Peak ridge, following a slight trail that was full of windfalls. From the top I watched the firefighting planes and helicopters fight the fire on the next ridge to the west. There is an antenna on the top of the peak, and little else. Nice views, but this late in the afternoon the smoke somewhat hindered the views.
On my way down I followed another trail heading due north to the original trail. This cut the trip down from my original route up, but was a steeper descent. The windfalls were not as bad for the most part this way though. If you are heading up the trail, just a 1/4 mile or so down the trail when you come to the canyon and ridge you could take off to the left and head up to this peak, saving time from going to the top of the trail ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:431 ft / 131 m
    Elevation Loss:431 ft / 131 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Clear, but smoke filled air.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:431 ft / 131 m
    Extra Loss:8 ft / 2 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Trail, bushwack
    Trailhead:Trailhead  5956 ft / 1815 m
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:423 ft / 129 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Trail, bushwack
    Trailhead:Trailhead  5956 ft / 1815 m
    Time Down:25 Minutes



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