Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2002-09-07

Climber: Jan Peter Eklund

Others in Party:Emma-Blue: Golden Retriever
Date:Saturday, September 7, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:8744 ft / 2665 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first tall peak I summited on the west coast. Packed in from road 6010 where the trail skirts Snell Lake. The Cascades were in late summer/early fall - blue skies, sunny & warm. Smell of warm Douglas Fir. We hooked up with the Pacific Crest Trail by bushwacking a half mile or so near Crater Butte. I'd been eyeing the mountain and thought heading up the east spur looked like a good route. Made it up to treeline the first night and set the tent up in an alpine meadow ringed with scree, probably around 7000', great view. The next day we headed up the east ridge I'd scoped out climbing through mixed rocky terrain. It got pretty steep up towards the top - I had to help my dog up a few times. We made it up to the summit sometime in the late morning, played around in a snowfield and took in the view. Went down the south ridgeline sliding through loose scree and headed back to the trailhead. An outstanding trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3144 ft / 958 m
    Trailhead:5600 ft / 1706 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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