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Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2021-07-26

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Beckie Covill
Date:Monday, July 26, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:10614 ft / 3235 m

Ascent Trip Report

Major good news !!!

I reported in September 2019 that the 4wd 2-track from Poison Spring fence gate to the upper stock tank was badly damaged and impassable due to a severe erosion event. Beckie & I drove by on our way home to CO from Bishop CA and the Boundary Peak "non"convention weekend, where we mitigated road damage and trimmed willows with other Highpointers. We stopped in the late afternoon on Sunday July 25th 2021.

We are delighted to report that someone, almost for sure the Baumann family ranchers, created a rough bypass some 3-12' to the right (east side, uphill) from the original rough road. They did not blade it, but they tore out all the sage brush, creating a ~8' wide dirt path up to where the erosion stopped at about the mile 0.5 mark from the fence gate. BTW - this gate is cast aside to the right, and does not appear to be in use at this time. Grass was growing up through it. i.e., no need to open and close it.

We walked the road the first half mile or so up to the first pass, and concluded that it was drivable in our Toyota 4Runner. We retreated to the town of Eureka, and stayed at the Gold Motel, ask Proprietor Jeff for a climbers rate.

We returned early on Monday the 26th, at the fence gate by 630AM. It is perhaps only a 15-18 min drive from town to here. Following are my mileages, mostly the same as in 2015, when I drove to the upper stock tank and parked and walked the final bit to the last saddle where you can first view Diamond Peak.

I had leave hwy US50 in Eureka at CR 101 on the paved Landfill Road at 0.0; Landfill turn to R at 1.3; Landfill itself at 1.7 still on pavement; Baumann Ranch to R at 4.4 on gravel to there; Newark Summit junction and turn to L at 8.6 on a nice bladed wide dirt road; Poison Spring gate at 9.4 now on a decent but narrow dirt road; and there stay on the right in the newly created pathway on grass and dirt amongst serious sage brush. Take great care to not get close to the edge, as your vehicle would be down 3-4' into the erosion channel in the center of the old 2-track. BTW - you will get some Nevada Pinstriping on the sides of your vehicle. Park here if you don't want that to happen. Proceed uphill to the saddle in view, then contour right and up to another saddle, then downhill slightly to the final trio of Stock Tanks.

Stock Tank at 10.6. End of road at a saddle between the knob headed to Diamond on the left, and Alpha Peak on the right. This is at mile 11.1 I put it in 4WD Low for this final portion. It is a bit steep, not bad, has a couple of rocks in the roadway but not bad.

Just keep going, directions are fine on all other TR's. Road is nice to the turn by Newark Summit, decent ( 2 out of 10 ) to Poison Spring barbed wire gate, bizarre half mile of no-fall-zone ripped apart sage terrain for a half mile, lets call it 4 out of 10, rutted with a few rocks but still not bad to Stock Tank ( again a 4 out of 10 ), then the final push to the top with steepness and some rocks, call it a 5 out of 10. I would not take a Subaru beyond the fence gate by Poison Spring, but it could be done carefully. My 4Runner had no problem.

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We were there during one of the worst fire seasons on record, with brutal smoke all over the West. Hot, under 5 miles visibility. 80d+ on top. There is an ammo can register, many have signed in.

Stay to the climbers left (W) side of the ridge crest most of the way up to the final steep area. We hiked straight up that mellow face, and did not contour around it at all. We drove out in 30 min from the top to Eureka. I may have driven it a bit faster than I should have.... allow 40-45 min to do this. Go slow by the ranch house to avoid dusting them out, and watch for the loony ranch dogs tearing after you as you pass by...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2114 ft / 644 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2114 ft / 644 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1814 ft / 553 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Route:South ridge from end of 2 track
    Start Trailhead:8800  8800 ft / 2682 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes



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