Diamond View Lake

Easy (to gorge viewpoint)

3.6 miles round trip

260 feet elevation gain

Open late June through October

Use: hikers, horses

Moderate (to Diamond View Lake)

9.8 miles round trip

1000 feet elevation gain

The beaver that once drew trappers to this corner of the Diamond Creek Wilderness are still gnawing trees beside Trapper Creek. An easy hike follows the rushing stream to a clifftop viewpoint of a gorge. Before continuing, ask yourself how badly you want to see Diamond Peak, because the next 3 miles are a viewless climb through dry woods. Ah, but then you’ll be rewarded with the elusive mountain’s best profile, at Diamond View Lake.

Start by driving Highway 58 . . .

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

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