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Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2016-05-01

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:1000 ft / 304 m

Ascent Trip Report

I spent a couple hours trying every possible road approach. All were gated or bermed. This must be done during hunting season, or be prepared for a dozen plus miles on foot/bike.

1) South-side along Mill Creek Rd. 44.752197, -123.793405 does not join with mapped Jeep trails anywhere. Not a tenable hiking option since it would be a long bushwhack.

2) SW from just before Moonshine Park is gated and crosses Siletz Reservation land. 44.776706, -123.826236

3) All other access is from Moonshine Park intersection, 44.752197, -123.793405. The road parallels the river to the NW of the peak, then heads East on the North side of the peak in a creek drainage. The area was VERY popular on a warm Spring Sunday. I encountered dozens of fishers, swimmers, and others. And rightly so: the river is green and cool, with beautiful cataracts and swimming holes and spots to relax. The road is very well kept and doable for any passenger vehicle.
3a) West access at 44.785740, -123.786305 gated immediately off main road.
3b) NW access at 44.816165, -123.775261 is bermed closed.
3c) North access at 44.811090, -123.744169 is gated.

Big Tip, Lincoln County Prominence Peak, is a bit North of Diamond Peak. Since I was already there I decided to explore the South approach options, different from the described East approaches from Valsetz Lake, and had a successful drive-up on an as new route.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Siletz River Rd
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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