Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2015-07-03

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Josef Nuernberger
Mark Rosen
Date:Friday, July 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:12197 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

We found a nice free campground a little ways away just off the highway (28) at Birch Creek.

We wasted some time getting to the trailhead by using a Forest Service map which showed the trailhead road (796) continuing to Pass Creek Road (it didn't). Instead, we had to leave Pass Creek Road earlier (at road 240), and then take road 835 south to 796.

Just above 8,000', the road has a seriously steep and loose section that I was not able to ascend. Prior to that getting to there required some high clearance but was not otherwise challenging.

The route was straight forward though the trail (starting at the end of the road) disappeared from about 8700' to 9400'. From 9400' up there was trail most of the way, though it did give way to brief scrambles in places. I agree with a description I read elsewhere- "mostly class 2 with some class 3 obstacles to go over".
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Diamond Peak from the approach road. The 4x4 trailhead is below the trees on the left (2015-07-03). Photo by Eric Kassan.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4197 ft / 1279 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:Road (796?) at 8000  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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