Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road


Alpine Scramble - Diamond Mountain

Hike or bike to the Dosewallip T.H. then hike in to camp at Diamond Meadows. The Diamond Mountain (6822') scramble is about 4.2 mi. (total) and a 4100 ft gain through steep forest and then open alpine terrain.

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,822 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

There are two places  we can meet; choose the one that is most convenient for you and just let me know:

1. Martin Ride Park and Ride, Lacey, WA:  Off I-5 Exit 109; meet at 7:00 am.

2. At the end of the Dosewallips Road, which is where we will park for the trip; this is about 9 or 10 miles from US101; plan to meet there at 9:00 am.

The goal will be to be moving by 9:30 am.

Up until Monday, 23 August, preference will be given to Olympia Alpine Scrambling students.

My plan is to ride my bike to the Dosewallips T.H., which is about 6.5 miles from where we will park, and is about a 1000 ft gain.  From there it is about a 6.5 mile hike to camp.  Honestly it is not significantly faster to ride than hike, but I find it easier, and it dispenses with the need for road hiking.  And of course the ride out is quite fast.   If there is a contingent that wants to hike in we will try to find a way to plan for that.  The total distance, car-to-camp, is about 13 miles.

Although this is a strenuous scramble it is not very technical.  I certainly do not consider myself  very nervy, and I do not recollect any places that were all that anxiety producing.  The crux move was actually  scrambling up, and then down, a buttress while still in the forest.  Once on the ridge, the travel is quite easy.  A traverse of a talus slope is required, and I remember the final scramble to the summit as being steep and on loose rock, but it was not exposed.  I think the class 2 rating is accurate.

We ran into bees, and each of us received numerous stings.  Hence be prepared if you have allergic reactions to stings.

Contributions toward the permit fee for this trip will be accepted!


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots (sturdy backpacking boots will be suitable)
  • Ice Axe (this is not a required item, but I find one very helpful in the steep forest)
  • Gear for a tying onto a fixed line; I  used one descending the aforementioned buttress, but my partner just walked it.
  • Overnight gear/food for 2 nights.
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