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.