Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2017-05-20

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

I inadvertently deleted the track for this, but suffice it to say it was a very simple ascent from .31 miles away. The Plum Creek Timber Co. had an interesting policy regarding its property in this region, which has I believe 5 P1Ks -- Diamond, Green, Bald, Big Tip, and Sugarloaf. I don't know if the policy will change now that Weyerhaeuser bought them, so now might be the time to take advantage! There are at least two entry points to this property, one just SW of Falls City on Valsetz Road, and the other north from Moonshine Park north of Logsden. The Falls City road remains open all year except during fire season, so all winter and the shoulder seasons is a good time to venture into this region. That is because the BLM keeps open a small stand of old growth called the Valley of the Giants -- contact the BLM for details. I'm not sure what the gate situation is like north of Moonshine Park, but when I was at the Valley of the Giants in April I encountered a carload of folks who had come in from Moonshine Park, so I'm guessing the gates are managed similarly.

I expected to hike Diamond from the same gate that Dennis Poulin mentions in his TR. But when I arrived there, the gate was open. There was a sign saying that motorized vehicles are prohibited beyond this point (the gate), but the fine print gave effective dates of this closure as being from the beginning of some bow hunting season (elk?) until the end of bull elk rifle season, something like that. The gate being open and a rather short effective date for the closure emboldened me to drive up the road, which I did and was able to park within 1/3 mile of the summit. The bushwhacking lasted for only about 50 feat from on the edge of the clearcut, but from there to the top was old growth open forest with a use trail to boot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:360 ft / 109 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:West ridge
    Trailhead:N44.79744 W123.75188  2080 ft / 633 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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