Diamond Peak X-C ski climb

April 29, 2007

Three Obsidians drove past Hills Creek Reservoir on FS 21 to 2149 to 2160 (Diamond Rockpile Road) to the Pioneer Gulch trailhead. A mile of carrying skis led to the first snow, where we put on skins. We followed the ridge between Pioneer Gulch and Emigrant Gulch to the south summit. The ridge from there to the main summit was good skiing. After waiting out some summit clouds, we Telemarked down most of Pioneer Gulch, then crossed over to Emigrant Gulch for lunch and the rest of the descent. We missed the trail out and ended ¼ mile up Diamond Rockpile Road. The snow was solid and fun, but the top layer was wet, with a few surface sloughs. It was a popular destination; we met three other groups of Obsidians on non-club trips. Time up was 1.5 hours driving and 4.5 hours climbing. This was a perfect time of year for this trip; the road was barely clear to the trailhead.

Skiers were: Brian Hamilton, Rich Peevers and Bill McWhorter, leader.

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