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Bend, OR: Diamond Peak via Trapper Creek

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Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 13.3 miles


This two-day, 26.5-mile loop in the Cascades climbs an extinct shield volcano and tours lake-dotted landscapes in Diamond Peak Wilderness.
  • Trapper Creek
  • Diamond Peak
  • Open Meadows
  • Marie Lake
  • View of Summit Lake
  • Mount Thielsen and Summit Lake

Start at the Trapper Creek Trailhead, and follow the trail 0.2 mile to the first junction. Keep left at the fork for a gradual ascent through open forest, paralleling Trapper Creek, which cascades over rocks and down trees, creating mini waterfalls. After 4.8 miles, skirt the edge of Diamond View Lake, and continue south. One mile later, turn right, heading west toward Diamond Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail—keep your camera ready for picturesque views of Diamond Peak that appear through openings in the trees. At mile 11, the route briefly follows the PCT before joining a climber's trail for the 1.3-mile stretch to the top of Diamond Peak, an extinct shield volcano. Look out onto lake-speckled landscapes from this Cascade summit, then descend back to Waypoint 10 and turn right, following the same route back to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

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