Explore the most popular Camping trails in Diamond Peak Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail leading to a beautiful lake. Late September so no bugs! Campsites at lake are comfortable. Fishing was poor. Be aware that motorcycles are legal on this and surrounding trails.

Great hike for the first 6 miles. As soon as you get to Yoran lake the trail disappears, no sign of a trail at all. Tried following the gps ended up walking around the woods for a mile before turning back and heading home. Wasn’t worth staying overnight fighting off mosquitoes. Otherwise a beautiful 6 mile hike to Yoran lake

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

beautiful trail, good placesto hang hammocks, fish jumping every couple of seconds(flyfishing). mosquitoes 8/3/19 were absolutely terrible. bring tons of insect repellent!

Completed this in September 2016. Beautiful hike, but the lakes can get crowded for campsites.

camping
Sun Sep 09 2018

Just got back from this hike. What a beautiful hike. Lots of great camping around the lake. No mosquitoes at all but then again the creeks were all dried up too. Hiked up the indigo extension trail that winds it’s up the hill and eventually overlooks the lake. Highly recommend the hike.

I hiked to Divide Lake and back , from Willamette pass and mostly following the PCT, on a late July day as the little annoying sting beasts’s numbers starting to dwindle (no small consideration in this area rich on water sources). Using the PCT for 8 of the 9 miles to Divide lake guarantee a good thread and reasonable grades I parked just off the OR58’s turnoff to Shelter cove, on a long and spacious dirt parking lot. Alternatives can be to park at the Gold Lake SnoPark (NF 5899) leading to Pengra Pass road. There might also be options further down the Shelter Cove Rd, closer to Pengra Pass. The first two miles or so (from the parking lot to the intersection with the Pengra Pass dirt road) climbs up a bluff overlooking Odell lake before descending back down to the pass. There is, in particular, a nice rocky outcropping at the 1 mile mark providing unobstructed views of Odell. This is slightly off the trail, look for it on your left as you make your way south. Past Pengra pass, the PCT starts it long, moderate ascent all the way to Lil’s Lake ([passing Midnight Lake, Arrowhead Lake, and Hidden lake on the way… plus many smaller bodies of water. Hidden lake is just that.. hidden. Look for a spur to the left (heading south) that climbs a couple hundred feet up a slope behind which the lake hides. Most of this section is adequately shaded and the lakes provide a respite from the relatively dry (in July/Aug) terrain along the trail. Lil’s lake shore offers many camping, lunch/break spots. This is a good break point before tackling the next 2.5 miles with a more pronounced climb to the junction with the Mt Yoran trail (Mile 8 – a few goods views of Diamond peak on that section) and steep/short .15 ascent to the ridge line. The trail then drops down to the lake in ¾ mile, passing a smaller lake just before reaching Divide. The eastern end of divide lake has good camping/lunching spots with direct views of the east face of Mt Yoran. I walked a few hundred feet further on the southern shore to my lunch spot and, eventually, a short swim in the lake on a very hot day. I intended to make this a loop by returning via the Yoran Lake trail branching off the PCT on the southwest side of Lil’s lake. Soon enough, however the trail became harder to find and, after a reaching a few dead-ends, I returned to the PCT. If I did this again, I would start on the Trapper Creek trail and then making a right on the Yoran lake trail, then return via the PCT. While the route is mostly through forested areas, it does not hurt to bring sunscreen too. Altogether, this came up to a bit over 18 miles, a good distance for a long hiking day, with a few refreshing stops at the various lakes. As of 2018, this route is free of sad remnants of forest fires that plague areas of the PCT further to the north, around McKenzie pass. Final note: Divide lake and Mt Yoran can also be accessed from the Vivian lake trailhead to the west; that is a shorter hike (less than 8 miles round trip) but (1) it takes longer to get to the trailhead via Hills Creek Rd in Oakridge and a few unpaved miles and (2) you don’t get to sit and relax at Shelter Cove when you are back!

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

The trail is fairly easy but way out there. It needs to be said though—the mosquitos are no joke. They are the worst I have ever experienced. You need to deet up before you leave your vehicle and do so repeatedly on the trail. The mosquitos will be on you as soon as you exit your vehicle at Lake Timpanogas. The water is warm enough to swim in at Indigo.

hiking
Mon May 14 2018

easy trial, short hike. Couple of really nice spots along the river. Chuckle springs is in a burn area (2010) so it's pretty exposed and not too scenic. The middle fork trail is nice though.

hiking
Fri Sep 15 2017

I hiked the Sawtooth Mountain trail in early September. The route I chose is a loop starting on Indigo Trail, then Sawtooth Mountain trail to reach the climbers trail via the south ridge. Once at the top, I decided to go for a scramble of the north ridge to try and intersect the Windy Pass trail. From there, I did succeed but route finding and strain on old legs made this section a small challenge. From there I descended to Indigo Lake and walked the trail that goes around the lake. Finally, I returned to Timpanogas Lake via the Indigo Lake trail. All said, about 10 miles. The lakes (Timpanogas, Indigo), the scramble up the south summit and true summit, the views from the summit, and the cool/shaded forested sections make this trail a small gem. Combine the hiking with some camping, backpacking, fishing, etc and you get more for your footsteps. There are also several route variants, including a traverse from Sawtooth Mountain to Cowhorn Mountain. If you follow the Sawtooth Mountain trail, it is good to know that you will be climbing two ridges (at 2 miles and 3 miles) before getting to the use trail at the 4 miles mark or so. These two climbs are fairly steep... mostly because switchbacks appear to not have yet been invented when the trail was cut.. it goes almost straight up and ahead. The scrambles to the south summit and the true summit are neither technically very difficult nor very long. However, there is exposure on the sides of the summits ridge and good footwear, good attention and caution are necessary. The summit itself has major exposure on the east side; In season, bugs are likely an obstacle to prepare for; there are two lakes to go by and a few wet/marshy area not far.The summit ridge is, of course, exposes to the run; you may want to carry sunscreen.

Fri Sep 01 2017

Great trail! The mosquitos are bad!! Bring bug spray for sure, but the lake is worth the drive and hike. The driving directions from the app took us the "short" way which had us taking a washed out road. Came out much easier way but it took longer. Well worth it a must do ever year.

hiking
Sat Sep 05 2015

A very beautiful hike. It's uphill most of the way in. The trail switch backs up hill through an alpine forest. We hiked in late August and there were no mosquito's or water in the creeks. The lake is just picturesque. It was a little over an hour to hike in and another 35 min. to walk around the lake. We drove from Eugene to Hills Creek Reservoir to Lake Timpanogas. We drove a small sedan and had no trouble getting there. The road around Hills Creek is very curvy and took 2.15 hours to get there.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2012

Highly recommend! Trails are well-maintained but still offer a challenge. Plenty of ponds and waterfalls to see along the way. Although, as a warning, don't forget mosquito repellent! They hassled me almost the entire way but it was worth it. Indigo Lake is beautiful and pristine. It offers secluded camp sites, often with a fire pit and table. The road up to the trailhead from Crescent Lake was rugged but almost as entertaining as the hike. Recommend 4-wheel drive and all-terrain tires if you choose this route. This was absolutely one of my favorite hikes!

hiking
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hiking
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