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1 month ago

This is the second time I've been on Diamond Peak. The first time was about 8 yrs ago and there was ice all the way up the ridge do we turned back about a half mile from the summit. I knew I had to conquer this peak, unfortunately this was the first chance I had since then. The trail is a good climb. Something to be aware of is that you need to stay on the ridge. We tried to skirt around it on the side and it was sketchy with the snow on top of the scree. So we went back up to the ridge and it was a lot easier than the we first thought. The detour cost us about two hours. Personally I thought this is a little more difficult than Borah, but also a lot better than Borah. 10/10 would do it again.

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1 month ago

Lots of good instructional reviews already. If you’ve done Borah’s chicken out ridge, it’s about 1,000 feet of that, but more inclined. Needs: summit flag getting pretty tattered, needs an ammo box up top, plastic jugs wearing out.

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1 month ago

To get to the trailhead, turn left (west) into Pass Creek Rd. from Highway 28 before reaching Lone Pine. Drive about 3 miles on Pass Creek Rd. then turn right (northwest) into FS-796. Right after that, you'll see a gate that resembles wired fence. Open that gate and close it after you get over to the other side. Continue on FS-796 for another 3 miles or so to the trailhead on your left. Watch out for cattles roaming around the road! The trail is completely snow free by now (8/24/19). It can be sketchy on the ridge but it should be fine if you stick to the top. The loose scree makes the navigation tricky sometimes. Overall, very enjoyable hike and a high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

The forest service road leading to the trailhead is VERY rough. 4 wheel drive with high clearance highly recommended. The trail goes straight up, very few level areas and long areas of loose scree. The trail essentially disappears as rocks take over. The top half is where actual hiking ends and going up the mountain is entirely rock climbing. One should be an experienced rock climber to tackle this mountain. Beautiful scenery. Many photo worthy moments. A strenuous undertaking to say the least. Not for the faint of heart. Geoff Thomas

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3 months ago

Turn west on Pass Creek Road. Take Pass Creek Road for 3.6 miles. Turn Right (Northish) on Forest Service Road 796, there will be a gate there. Take 796 for a total of 3-3.25 miles. Arrive at trailhead. We took a Honda CR-V, road was passable, truck, 4runner, or more burly SUV's reccomended. Look at Kevin Kelley's review for description. He pretty much nails it. We started at 0645, hit the peak by 0915, back at the car around 1130. No need for ice axe or crampons as of July 2, 2019

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4 months ago

Tried to get out earlier in the spring and ended up in the middle of June. The road in was long and a little too gnarly for my Rav 4. I highly recommend a truck or SUV with more clearance. Got a later start than desired. Ended up starting the hike at 7:30am instead of 6am. We brought snowshoes, but left them in the car. We were able to get up to the rocks and scrambling across the ridge before we really needed crampons. Summited around 11:45am. The snow was really soft on the way back down. Reached the car by about 2:30. The weather was absolutely beautiful and couldn't ask for a better day in the mountains.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Very difficult trail but very exciting. Bring some gators for your boots or you will get tons of pebbles in your shoes. Saw some deer and mountain goats. All in all great day and great workout. Don’t go unless you are physically ready because there are some brutal parts that test the muscles and psyche. Also difficult scrambling is involved towards the end for those faint of heart.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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.

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