Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2015-07-03
|Others in Party:||Josef Nuernberger|
|Date:||Friday, July 3, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||12197 ft / 3717 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe 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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