Diamond Peak Loop Backpacking

Oakridge, Oregon 97463

Diamond Peak Loop Backpacking

Diamond Peak Loop (Backpacking) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The high, snowy ridge of Diamond Peak rises impressively over the lush forests and quiet lakes south of Willamette Pass. Despite easy access and beautiful scenery, the wilderness surrounding this mountain receives less use than other areas.

Like a neglected stepchild, Diamond Peak is ignored by most Oregonians in favor of the Three Sisters to the north or Mount Thielsen to the south. Diamond Peak, however, provides scenery to rival any other major Cascade peak—and this trip proves it."

Diamond Peak Loop (Backpacking) Trip Reports

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7/10/2017
Caution much snow pack. We could only make it in two days. What we saw was beautiful but sadly too dangerous to complete the loop. No warnings on snow so I thought I'd ensure others don't arrive unprepared as I was. If not for the snow we would have continued. GPS and topo map are required as there are no trail markings for large sections (1 days worth).

Mosquitos were about the worst I've had on a trail. Nets are needed with a lot of bug repellent!


Not a popular trail, we saw no other backpackers. The book I read downplayed the difficulties of this trail. Bushwhacked from Yoran trail to PCT was harder than expected and steep sections with some bouldering required.
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8/27/2009
Mosquitos were not as bad this time of year though the first leg passing through Yoran Lake was the worst of it. Divide lake is a beautiful little lake that provides great reflections of Mt. Yoran. No snow fields to cross along the PCT which also meant less picturesque views of Diamond Peak as it was nearly bare. This late in the year, Mountain View lake provides little reflection of Diamond Peak for photos though Diamond View Lake was spectacular at sunset. If Diamond View Lake were acceptable to swim in (shallow) we would have stayed an extra night but as it were, after three nights we felt like we had enjoyed enough. This loop was nice for it's solitude and interesting avalanche slide terrain. Diamond Peak is unique in its beauty and entirely underestimated in Oregon. This trip is perfect for 4 days 3 nights.
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7/9/2006
This trail provides all the scenery and solitude as promised. However, I experienced two major shortcomings on this trail. First and foremost the mosquitoes were THICK; so thick that we hiked the loop a day faster to get out. The other shortcoming is the trail was still lost under snow for significant mileage. From Diamond View Lake to Marie Lake the trail is probably still 65% lost, but the blazes through this section of trail are great. I cannot say the same for the blazes on the Pacific crest trail. From the south ridge to the north ridge along side Diamond peak the trail is 95% snow covered and the blazes are spread too thin. My recommendation: wait till August, the snow should be mostly gone, and the mosquitoes thinner.
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5/8/2004
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Trail Information

Oakridge
Nearby City
27
Distance
3,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 days
Duration
Usually open July to October; best mid to late July
Season
Crescent Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS - Diamond Peak Wilderness
Local Maps

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