Butte County Highpoint Trip Report

Diamond Peak

Date: September 6, 2004
Author: Matthew Flitton

Having lost a partner for King's Peak, my friend and I decided to climb the east face of Diamond Peak.

We drove Northwest on Idaho road 28. Passed the campground. Then we took the next left. We left that dirt road and crossed a stream then made our way to a water tank for cattle (if you don't have a 4x4, you should at least have good clearance). You can see the peak towering above you to the west.

We got out and headed straight up the hill following an ATV trail. Once on the hill we followed the ridge higher as it went through the trees. As the trees peter out, there is a faint trail going up through the scree-covered slope.

The scree is followed by three steps, made of about six broken towers. Choices are to do some scrambling over them or skirt the bases in the scree (you'll still have to climb eventually).

At the top of the towers, we hiked the talus-covered slopes to the summit. There is an old ammo can register left in 1997 (?). However, we poked around and found notebooks with summit entries going back to the 1960s.

It took us 3.5 hours to get up, and 2 hours to get back down.