Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2018-07-15

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:10614 ft / 3235 m

Ascent Trip Report

gmaps does a good job with the roads in the area -- it navigated me in from eureka / US-50, and then after the hike it sent me east on good dirt road to NV-892 (i was headed to salt lake city area).

you definitely need 4x4 low-range past poison spring. i attempted the 4x4 road up toward alpha peak: loose rocks and too steep apparently. that was an adventure. i learned my range rover has an even higher height it can raise to when it thinks you're high-centered: the four wheels were spinning because i was pushed up against a rock on the skid plate, and the computer must have thought i was high-centered. i had to back down some 400'. after that i drove over to the stock tank, and looking ahead at the road above me i figured it wasn't going to be very enjoyable trying to drive it. so i parked and started hiking. no idea how bob bolton made it to where he started a few weeks earlier!

the crux of the hike is the braided mess that the wild horses have made of any potential trail. there does seem to have been an original trail, but the horses only use it as it suits their purpose, and unfortunately the horses aren't peakbaggers. so the trail fades and splits out in multiple directions, no doubt heading toward whatever foods the horses prefer, leaving you to try to find the next segment of easy progress. this is mostly the issue along the ridge leading up to the main climb.

the only thing i might have to add is that the route up the SW ridge is steep, but it's not loose. if you read eric kassan's report he mentions steep and loose, but he side-hilled a while (on what looks like a good horse trail) before climbing above 9700'.

has anyone ever tried coming in from the west? although steep, and a bit brushy, it seems like coming in from those various roads might be preferable to starting from poison spring. not sure though, maybe those roads require 4x4.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2458 ft / 748 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2458 ft / 748 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2358 ft / 718 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2258 ft / 689 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Start Trailhead:stock tank  8356 ft / 2546 m
    Time:2 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2358 ft / 718 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2258 ft / 689 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    End Trailhead:8356 ft / 2546 m
    Time:2 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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