Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2013-07-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:12197 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

0815 high trailhead, summit 1120-50, car 1420 (main track at top of steep descent).

Climbed the day after our Trapper Peak ascent.

Hooked up with a group organised by John Hamann, camped previous night a hundred metres along Pass Creek Road.

Met about 6.30 am, we were a group of 11 including several 4WDs. Alan and I took the Ford Focus in as far as we dared, to give us flexibility on the descent. Road initially pretty good, cross 2 cattle guards, turn R at 1.8 miles from main highway, at N44.15594 W112.95269: creek crossing here, looks worse than it is, nice firm stream bed. Road beyond is a bit rutted and needed some berm riding, also 2 short descents with loose surface which could have been tricky on return journey but were not too bad. We parked at N44.16551 W113.02166, 2324m, top of longer steep descent, just short of where Petter Bjorstad parked for his 2008 ascent.
Richard Hemley (who was here thanks to a chance meeting with Greg Slayden on Trapper Peak two days ago) gave us a lift from here to the normal high trailhead (N44.14810 W113.03714, 2436m) in his Toyota Pathfinder. Then Al Jantz ferried the party up the final ludicrously steep section to where the road ends at N44.14506 W113.04459, 2569m.

From here we sidehill R of a wooded slope to hit a saddle (N44.14192 W113.05952). Sit in shade of tree, chatting for half an hour while party regroups. Alan and I are planning Borah tomorrow so we go on ahead.
Soon after col, a trail appears, well defined but loose, hard to get traction. Then we turn R on a ridge crest, noting further along, a trail descending R, which we'll use later.
Ridge turns L, directly for Diamond. Short level arete, not particularly exposed, then ascends, rubbly at first then interspersed with short YDS3 sections, some of which can be passed on R.

Passed 2 hikers just before summit, also saw a mountain goat. Views including nearby pointed Bell tomorrow's Borah and distant hazy Grand Teton. Saw Petter Bjorstad's entry near start of present summit register.

Descended after 30 mins, passing John's party making good progress. Retraced steps to N44.14516 W113.07037, 3273m, where a path descends onto the ENE ridge. Rough scree, not very runnable but quite nice to descend. We pass R of 2 minor rock bands then L of a more notable cliff N44.14784 W113.06193, on a trail. Followed ridge down through scattered trees, crossed a minor grass/sage summit then followed an old 4wd track (N44.15523 W113.04279, 2520m, no vehicles allowed) down half-left to the lower trailhead (N44.15941 W113.03697, 2310m), then tracks and a small ascent to the car. 6 hours 5 mins round trip.

The two small steep climbs on the drive out were negotiated ok.

Then on to the Borah Peak trailhead for tomorrow's ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3867 ft / 1177 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4670 ft / 1423 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3769 ft / 1148 m
    Start Trailhead:8428 ft / 2568 m
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4670 ft / 1423 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4572 ft / 1393 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Gain on way out:98 ft / 29 m
    End Trailhead:7625 ft / 2324 m
    Time:3 Hours 
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