Eureka County High Point Trip Report

Diamond Peak

Date: June 23, 2003
Author: Ken Jones

We used the existing trip write-ups. None had a road log, so I'll provide one.

At the north end of Eureka, there is a paved road branching off US 50 with a sign indicating "dump." Turn onto this paved road and reset your odometer. At 1.3 miles, turn right (still paved), again following landfill signs. At 1.7 miles the landfill is a right turn, but you will continue straight ahead onto a gravel road. At 3.7 miles, bear right, staying on the main road. At 4.6 miles keep left - the right fork (which is a better road) heads onto Baumann's Ranch. At 5.3 miles keep left at a minor junction. At 8.9 miles, just before the main road reaches its highest point, turn left onto a high clearance, 4WD road. At 10.7 miles from US 50 bear left at a minor fork and gate toward and past Poison Spring. Follow this road up over a saddle and down, then up, to the stock tank at 11.0 miles from US 50. We did not choose to drive the more exciting-looking tracks up to the ridge, but walked instead.

Once the ridge crest is reached, I can't really comment fairly on the suggestions of earlier climbers about whether it is easier to stay on the crest or to look for side-hill trails around some of the bumps. We were too busy trying to stay out of the wind, and eventually out of electrical storm target range, to give the crest a fair trial.