Garfield County High Point Trip Report

Date: July 2001
Author: Barney Metz

Left at the Conoco station (the only gas Station in town) in Asotin and drove south on Washington 129 for 19.1 miles to Campbell's Road also listed as Asotin County 201. Turn right on 201. Set your odometer to zero and each fork will be the "mile marker".

Go to 1.8, there will be a fork in the road. Go Left. This is W. Mountain Road. This entire time try to stay on W. Mountain Road. From the fork go to 2.2, to another fork, go right. Proceed to 3.1 to a fork, go left. Go to 4.9 and to another fork, go right and there will be a sign indicating the Umatilla National Forest. Proceed to 14.3 and there will be another fork at which you want to go left towards Pomeroy, WA. There will be a sign indicating such. Proceed to 14.9 and you will go past the Wenatchee Guard Station. Proceed to 18.0 and you will encounter another fork and a picnic area. Go left at this fork. Proceed to 21.2 and another fork. Go left towards Mt. Misery. Proceed to 21.3 and another fork go left towards Mt. Misery Campground(FS 4030). Reset your odometer here.

This road is fairly simple and a bit narrow, but passable by car. You will drive 4.4 miles down this road to trail #3113. Along the way I will give indicators of distance and objects. At 1.8 miles you should pass a sign for the Wenama Game Association. They have a stock and horse unloading point here also. At 3.3 miles you should pass Farley Spring. AT 4.4 miles you will find the trailhead.

It is a 1 mile hike to the top and is a fairly easy climb. Follow trail 3113 to the saddle between Diamond peak and a little unnamed highpoint. From there you can easily see Diamond Peak, but the trail is in bad shape. There are lots of windfall trees. We bushwhacked to the top where you will find a very small communication post (I think that is what it is). You will also find the benchmark at this spot. We built a small Cairn and then hiked the ridge up to check out spot elevation 6360+ that John Roper mentions, but I am in agreement with Bob Packard and think Diamond Peak in the true highpoint.

We ran back down and took a very back-road route to Columbia County. I would not recommend going the route we went. I will not post the directions for the trip, but go from where it would be easier for another CoHPer to pick up. The Tucannon River Road can be accessed from US-12, but if looking just for this highpoint, I would follow John Roper's information and start out of Dayton and go up Eckler Mountain Road to FS 47.