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!

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 180 miles
Driving Time from Portland 3 hours
Distance - Round Trip 21 miles
General Route Info Two main options are available for this route: Start at Willamette Pass and head southwest on the PCT, or start at the Vivian Lake Trailhead and hike to Divide Lake near Mt. Yoran.
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Climbers Guide to Oregon by Nicholas Dodge Cross-Country Ski Routes by Klindt Vielbig Website:
Relevant Maps USGS 7 minute series, Emigrant Peak & Diamond Peak
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