Ascent of Diamond Head on 2016-02-13

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, February 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Diamond Head
    Elevation:5915 ft / 1802 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rather than sticking to the snowshoe route as described, we did this trip as a mostly off-trail scramble loop to both Windy Knob and Diamond Head.

We started off by parking at a wide pull out area just past (Northbound) the Blewett Pass Sno Park, then climbing a ridge until we hit one of the ski trails. We stayed on the ski trail system until we reached the saddle between Windy Knob and Diamond Head. After a brief stop on the summit of Windy Knob (it's named that for a reason!), we tromped back on down and across towards Diamond Head and started making our way up it's spine. After having lunch at a viewpoint on the North end of Diamond Head, we tagged the summit and then began our descent on the Western face of the mountain. The going wasn't quite so steep that we needed to rope up, but we definitely made use of our ice axes! Once safely down from the steepest part of Diamond Head, making our way back onto the trail network and completing the loop back to the parking area was just a pleasant Winter stroll :-)

Some notes about weather, trail conditions, and such:

We lucked out weather-wise, with sunshine to start the day turning to snow showers in the afternoon. The wind wasn't bad at all in the trees, but it was bitterly cold on the exposed slopes and summits!

There were a lot of snowmobilers out judging from the near-constant background noise, but we didn't actually see very many of them. We stayed away from the wide, packed snowmobile roads for the most part. We were very careful when crossing or walking along these paths, though-- those guys move fast.

We were on snow and using our snowshoes for almost the entire trek. The few exceptions were when we were ascending and descending steep, uncovered scree slopes near both summits. Snow was at least a couple of feet deep in most places, and solid enough that post holing wasn't much of a problem.

We did encounter some obstacles off-trail, but the trails themselves seem to be well maintained and clear of downed trees.

Great day to get out on the East Side!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast

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