This long route follows the Pacific Crest Trail southwest from Willamette Pass, and during winter and early spring is the shortest access to the north and east sides of Diamond Peak. After several miles of gently rolling ascent, the trail leads to timberline just south of Mount Yoran. The ridge leads directly to the north summit, and a short descending then ascending traverse leads to the south (true) summit. This is a walk up peak with minimal technical climbing skills needed. There is some 3rd class climbing along a moderately exposed ridge near the top. Attention telemark and randonee skiers: This is one of the best backcountry ski descents in the state in early season!