|Peak Summited||2021 Diamond Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Rock pile TH|
|Encountered||Wildflowers blooming, Fall foliage|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a partner|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail 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.