PEAK and ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Meet in the Thielsen Trailhead parking area at 8AM Saturday, Sept. 29. Hike up and east 3.5 miles to the Pacific Crest trail. Cross it and hike another mile on an ascending traverse using a well worn climber’s trail (loose rack and scree) up the West Ridge to the base of the summit horn’s east face. From the base of the horn, climb the southeast side on one short pitch of fairly solid class 3-4 rock. I will set up a fixed rope and we will use prussiks to climb up. The descent will be via a rappel. The summit is rather small, so we may have to take turns sitting on it. Elevation Gain, 4100 ft. Distance, 8 miles, round trip. Time, 6-9 hours. Return to cars by 5 PM. Spend the night camping at Diamond Lake, or drive home.. We may eat at the resort (Thielsen Room, good but pricey).
Leave Friday evening or afternoon. From Portland, take I-5 south about 110 miles to just past Eugene. Take Highway 58 (Signed for Oakridge) east for 114 miles to highway 97. Take highway 97 south 17 miles to highway 138, signed for Crater Lake/Diamond Lake. Turn onto 138 and drive west about 17 miles to the 230 junction. Turn north on 138 for approximately 3 miles to the Mt. Thielsen trailhead (which is signed, and is located on the east side in a large paved parking area). Camp either in the parking lot (or adjacent forest), or at the nearby Diamond Lake campground (where the leader will be). There is no water at the trailhead, so either bring enough water, or drive down to the lake to get it. You can also eat at Diamond Lake resort (a mile north on 138, and a bit expensive, but good). The resort also has a motel with rooms to rent, if you want to stay there. To return to Portland, retrace the route.
Please leave these numbers with someone responsible in town, along with this prospectus information.
If the party is late in returning from the mountain (not back or called in by Sunday noon), concerned friends or relatives should first contact Pam Rigor at 503-292-2940. If there is a problem, we will try to contact her by phone. You can also call the Mazamas at 503-227-2345 (closed on weekends, but can use the Mazamas emergency pager activation: 503-227-2345, ext 3)
We will be traveling in the Umpqua national forests. The phone number is 541-672-6601
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