Looking for a great trail in Diamond Peak Wilderness, Oregon? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Diamond Peak Wilderness ranging from 4.5 to 18.3 miles and from 4,835 to 7,093 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great glaciers carved Diamond Peak after volcanic activity created the mountain. Today, at 8,744 feet, it surpasses every other summit in this region of the Cascade Mountains. Diamond Peak Wilderness, which straddles the crest of the Cascades, rests largely beneath a dense forest of mountain hemlock, lodgepole and western pine, and silver, noble, and other true firs. Snowfields remain most of the year in pockets above the tree line, and dozens of small lakes, one to 28 acres in size, bejewel the high country. Pikas and marmots scurry about the numerous scree slopes, along with Roosevelt elk, at least until November snows drive them out. Stinging hordes of mosquitoes hatch from the first of July through much of August. Excluded from Wilderness designation but on the eastern and southern boundaries you'll find three large scenic lakes: Summit, Crescent, and Odell. Approximately 14 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail pass through the area and near Diamond Peak itself, and another 38 miles of trails give access to many lovely lakeside campsites. Mountain climbers scaling Diamond Peak's nontechnical summit often set up base camps at Marie Lake, Divide Lake, and Rockpile Lake. Much of this area is worthy of off-trail exploration.

hiking
2 months ago

No snow on the trail as of today. Great hike I thought, forested most of the hike with views of Diamond peak along the way. Great views once you get closer to Divide lake. A decent amount of incline on the way up to Divide lake. Only one on the trail today. Will definitely do again.

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muddy
3 months ago

just went october'1st 2019 little bit of snow but still a very good hike

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked Saturday, 9/21/19 with absolutely perfect weather. Super fun mountain to climb, but still a nontechnical hike. Followed the driving directions and hike description in William Sullivan's book,100 Hikes in Central Oregon Cascades. The road: paved FR 21, gravel Pioneer Gulch Rd and Rockpile Rd are passable by even passenger cars with a little care. TH is marked with a sign, parking area on the side of the road. The trail: Rockpile trail is in good shape, easy to follow. PCT of course in excellent shape, very easy to follow. The turnoff to the climber's trail was marked by two cairns, easy to spot. Climber's trail is relatively easy to follow on the way up, take care to note the route up after treeline in order to meet back up with the trail on the way back down. The GPS track/route on this page was spot on and very helpful. The climber's route was easy to see even close to the summit. There are a few large rock formations that one has to pick their way around, but a decent trail is currently there, and we only need to use our hands once or twice. Bit of snow was present above 8000' or so, route is currently snow free. Saw 8 other folks the whole day. One hiker came from Summit Lake, stated that the road was only passable by a high clearance pickup, in 4 low the whole time, lots of ruts, rocks, and deep standing water, and it took over an hour.

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rocky
4 months ago

My friend said this hike was about half as long as it was, but I think the view of Fawn Lake was worth it at the end! Just have some sore legs now

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

No trail passed Stag Lake but if you follow the trail shown here, it looks like you’d be fine. I ended up not following my GPS and going straight up the hill to the west of Lakeview Mountain, thinking I could then ride the saddle across to Lakeview. Don’t do that if you want to go up Lakeview, it was not successful lol. Check out my recording for what NOT to do! Great view regardless!

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

With a goal of summiting Diamond Peak, we shaved a couple miles off the total distance by starting at Summit Lake. The first ~4 miles were easy, but things got challenging promptly after the uphill turn to the climbers trail. This turn is marked by two cairns and would not be hard to miss. Great weather, comfortable conditions both at Summit Lake and above treeline over Labor Day Weekend.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

I forgot to record the ascent. Dammit. Went up Pioneer Gulch trail for 1.5 miles, left the trail and went approx 40° NE until we were on the SW ridge and climbed up rock/talus/scree fields until the false summit. Went around the west side of the spires on the ridge to a lovely summit with views north to Hood and as far south as Shasta. 10/10 would do again!

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off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

I had fun. but I wouldn't do what I did.

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bugs
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Very steady rise in elevation nothing too hard. Amazing views. Over grown a little bit. If it’s wet out wear some water resistant pants and boots.

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bugs
5 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!

hiking
5 months ago

Never found a trailhead or indicator of where to start heading toward the summit. If I tried to follow the route on my AllTrails map it would have been a bad day. Maybe I was mistaken about this hike. Regardless, it was a beautiful hike with a Great Lake, and zero people seen the whole day!

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bugs
6 months ago

mosquitos! otherwise a great hike. no one else on the trail all 12 miles and no cars in the parking lot.

July 4, 2019. Easy trail into 3 beautiful lakes. Hike to the top of the ridge for a great view.

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bugs
6 months ago

Great hike to a gorgeous lake. Why the husband & I totally blanked on it being mosquito season is beyond me but be prepared - it starts from just about the beginning (hiked on 7/4/19). Thanks to deet, we kept on hiking but it was too much by the lake. Bummer. We’ll be back tho.

hiking
7 months ago

Diamond falls were almost off my agenda until We accidentally found that they are accessible from the salt creek falls. We searched on the map but didn’t tell us how to get there. Anyway, we saw the falls not entirely since the Lower trail was not walkable at the time when we got there in late May. So we went to the upper trail. The falls are kinda hidden from the viewpoint. The diamond creek trail is easy. Not too much of ups and downs. The trail is directed with blue diamond signs on the trees. Essentially you will not get lost. Of course the salt creek falls are incredible and easily accessible.

backpacking
7 months ago

Did this hike 06-04-2019. A couple of blowdowns here and there but nothing to worry about. Very well maintained trail and Wilderness Area. Spectacular lake colors and views from the shore of Red Top Butte and other prominent features. Limited camping opportunities on the east side of the lake, but it may be better on the west side. I did not circle the lake, but it looks like there is a trail that probably does. Parking fees at trailhead is $5 and there is a FREE self issued wilderness permit required. This trail is easy to moderate in terms of elevation change. Awesome Wilderness Everywhere in here :-)

It was covered in snow. Bring your snow shoes!

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

12/15/18: This trail is groomed mostly to Middle Rosary Lake though the snow gets a little deeper closer to the lakes. Bring your snowshoes or skis. Only went as far as Middle Rosary as trail was not blazed to Upper, and I was in hiking boots only. This was probably the last weekend before winter weather that you could walk it without snowshoes to keep from sinking and protect the integrity of the trail. Middle Rosary Lake with Pulpit Rock in the backdrop is stunning. Looking forward to returning next season to climb Maiden Peak.

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