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Diamond in the rough

Peak Summited2021 Diamond Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadRock pile TH
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

A very Lonnnnnnnmmg drive from Bend.  We left at 4;30am and started our hike at 8:00am.  We went through Oakridge, as we heard the road was better – paved almost all the way, with a bit of gravel.  Good conditions.

The hike started through the forest with a moderate climb.  We passed the lakes and ran into some people on PCT.  otherwise the hike was ours – we only ran into one couple at the summit.

The climbing section was a slog, like South Sister’s top section, but felt steeper and longer.  A few false summits too.  Between the two summits, I recommend taking hikers right around the rock spires.  The air was really smoky, so no views – too bad.

Great hike!

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  1. I drove to Rockpile TH yesterday 9/7/21 and rd. #2160 is overgrown, scratched the sides of Suburban (hubby not happy.) I think it’s not maintained due to wildfires in the area. Smoke was in the hazardous level so I decided not to climb. It is the last peak in my challenge. My question, is there an alternative peak for the challenge when road conditions/weather make the hike impossible to complete? I know I have until 10/31, but not willing to drive #2160 again and that seems to be the only driveable route. I hate to miss this peak, but wondering if I could maybe complete Gray Butte, from last year’s challenge, instead?