Divide Lake/Mt. Yoran South

September 22, 2006

Larry Huff described this trip well in his account of August 26. From his report, our group learned that the second craggy peak next to Mt. Yoran is simply part of Mt. Yoran, the part more easily scrambled. We too had sunny but slightly chilly weather, with a small but lovely introduction to winter. The night before the forests in this part of the Diamond Creek Wilderness received a dusting of snow, just enough to make a beautiful picture. The trail winds mostly through stately woods and by the picturesque Notch Lake. There’s a gradual elevation gain after leaving the Vivian Lake Trail, then a small down hill to Divide Lake, mirroring images of Mt. Yoran’s craggy peaks. After lunch we continued on the trail to a point that views the enormous north and eastern slopes of Diamond Peak then began the scramble up to the top. There’s only a narrow bit of rock to find a seat and it might have to be shared with a rather large spider; regardless, the 360 view rewards any hardships. The three of us, Ed Lichtenstein, guest Don Suva and leader Melody Clarkson, enjoyed the late huckleberries before the final stretch to the car.

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