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Yoran Lake Trail to Karen Lake and Yoran Lake, Mount Yoran to PCT to Marie Lake, Crater Butte Trail #3844 to Diamond View Lake

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Diamond Peak Wilderness

Yoran Lake Trail to Karen Lake and Yoran Lake, Mount Yoran to PCT to Marie Lake, Crater Butte Trail #3844 to Diamond View Lake is a 27.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crescent, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Length 27.2 mi Elevation gain 3,530 ft Route type Loop

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Sometimes the trail is a little unclear especially the first section through a swampy area, but a great hike in dry weather.

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Paul Souders
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We did this with our three school-age kids and dog in 4 days/3 nights, camping at Yoran, Marie & Diamond View Lakes, skipping Karen Lake. Ours were the only kids FWIW, but this is kid-friendly if your kids have a relaxed attitude about insects and they can backpack 25+ miles Hike to Yoran Lake is lovely & uneventful. The log bridge at the trailhead is supposedly washed out but in reality just part of the railing is gone. The stream looked easy to ford, maybe mid-calf height and moving pretty quick. We didn't try to ford though, we took the bridge (sans railing). The scramble from Yoran lake to PCT is not obvious but easy nonetheless, just go uphill past Lils Lake about a quarter mile or follow the route on GPS. In early July it was still quite snowy on the east face of Diamond Peak. Slippery/slushy but not technical and not particuarly cold. One of our kids did it in water shoes. The trail disappeared under snow in many places but it was hard to get lost with the mountain to the right, & the AllTrails app. Bugs are OFF THE HOOK in this country until probably August. Luckily they are the feeble Oregon high country type, folks from the southeast or up north will probably find them humorous. But yes: lots and lots of mosquitos. Maybe the fabled bugginess is what kept the crowds away, we had plenty of solitude which was weird considering long weekend + Covid. We were alone on Yoran Lake, saw only twenty or so people on the PCT, had one other group with us on Marie Lake, and only 3 or 4 other groups on Diamond View Lake. Most of the route is flattish with open understory, so it would be pretty easy to make your own camp if the lakes are too crowded (and you have water).

Hope Erickson
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Hiking

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

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Brian McLeer
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Hiking

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

Hiker Em
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