This is a nice trail. The first part is along Bear Gulch, then it climbs steeply to the plateau on top of Big Table Mountain. Once on the plateau, there is a campground and a spring as well as intersections with other trails.

hiking
3 months ago

This loop heads up the North Fork of Indian Creek, follows through a few basins, and then comes back down the South Fork of Indian Creek.

You'll encounter several stream crossings on this trail. Bring a pair of water shoes.

In the early season, the snow runoff creates many waterfalls, particularly on the North Fork. The last portion of the trail on the South Fork is ATV accessible.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail (or more accurately, route) is only 2.5 miles each way, but what a 2.5 miles! Diamond peak is one of the three ultra prominence peaks in the state of Idaho, and at the summit you're provided views of Borah peak (and the rest of the Lost River Range), the Lemhis, Beaverheads, and the Tetons.

Approach the beginning of the route by taking Pass Creek road off of HWY 28, just before reaching Lone Pine. Shortly after turning onto Pass Creek road, you'll turn right (uphill) and follow that road as far as you can. You will need to pass through a couple of gates. Make sure you close them once you're through. A four wheel drive vehicle with good clearance is recommended.

The route itself is fairly obvious. You'll head up the shoulder and then follow the ridge on the East side of the mountain. Once you obtain the ridge, you'll be presented with some spectacular views of "The Riddler" to the Southwest (some of the most intense geologic folding you'll ever see). Getting up to the ridge involves a steady upward haul up loose scree. Once on the ridge, you're on solid rock.

In the last 3/4 mile to the summit, there are about nine pitches of class 3 scrambling with moderate exposure. One pitch is borderline class 4. In the hot summer months, the route should be devoid of snow or ice. If going earlier in the year, you probably should bring ice axe and crampons.

Early in our ascent, we heard a strange rumbling noise, and then spotted a large herd of antelope running across the mountain in front of us.

I'd recommend starting up the mountain early in the morning, as afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon in the area, and you don't want to be anywhere on this mountain when they arrive.

hiking
3 months ago

An incredibly beautiful, hidden gem of a trail. The trail itself has a nice moderate uphill climb. The canyon at the end is breathtaking. Well worth the effort.

There's a good amount of shade, and plenty of spots to filter water.

backpacking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful. Backpacked in, stayed one night. First 4-5 miles is fairly easy, last bit is steep in some spots. Beautiful at the lakes, amazing really. Tried to fish, no sign of fish. Some new deadfall. Lots of run off. Narrow trail. Saw mtn bikers on our way out.

camping
Monday, September 14, 2015

One of our favorite places in Idaho. Absolutely beautiful! Gravel roads into campground - best with a four wheel drive truck, but our little Honda CRV made it okay. Not another soul around while we were there. We camped in the campground and hiked in and out the next day. Didn't do the entire trail this trip, but in the past we backpacked in and spent the night along the trail.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Great hike, disappointed not to see some wildlife but wife and I were amazed at the beauty, stark contrast from the lower hills