Ascent of Diamond Cinder Cone on 2013-11-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, November 14, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Diamond Cinder Cone|
| Elevation:||4875 ft / 1485 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter a full morning of racquetball and yet another breakfast I couldn't eat entirely (massive sweet cream pancakes, yum) at the Black Bear Diner, I was going to meet some friends for an afternoon of hiking to Red Mountain, an overlook into Snow Canyon.
With some time to kill I visited my favorite hiking/climbing store in St. George area; The Desert Rat. The store has everything you need to hike and climb, with Bo Beck offering outstanding advise for local cracks, crags, canyons and gear. It's also a great place to meet someone, so you'll have plenty to do while you wait. Upon arrival, I was surprised to find my friends already there. It turned out they had to make their trip shorter than expected and was hoping to get an earlier start. After reviewing the TOPO and trip details, we determined that we would not be able to make Red Mountain in the time allowed.
I always try to have alternate plans in case something like this happens. Not a lot of ranked peaks in the area, but I figured the short Cinder Cone hike would be nice, and I could check out the trailhead for Read Mountain in the process.
The Cinder Cone offers a maintained trail with limited parking access directly off Hwy-18. The trail works its way east around the cone to a high saddle, then directly up the hill. Many (including myself) scramble directly up the northern face for a walk around the mouth of the cone, creating a loop. A fun hike, with beautiful views of Snow Canyon. Cinder can create uncertain footing, use caution when hiking.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Steven Thompson
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