This climb was part of the Diamond/Crater Lake weekend led by Rob Castleberry.
We left the Broke Arrow Campground at Diamond Lake shortly after 7:00 a.m. and were heading up the trail to Mt. Bailey from the lower trailhead about 7:20. We were soon getting some views of the surrounds, but this included a great deal of smoke from forest fires started from lightning the past couple evenings - luckily as the day progressed the smoke gradually dissipated and the views steadily improved. So, up we went into the increasingly more open alpine environs, past the crater, over the false summit, skirting the lower dike, past the hole in Mt. Bailey, step-sliding up the steep scree, rock scrambling up the side of the dike, a little more scree and on to the broad summit of the mountain, arriving about 10:35.
We couldn't decide if it was time for late breakfast or an early lunch, but whatever the respite might be called we had a long leisurely stay on the top enjoying our food, the panoramic views under cloudless skies and the good company. In the 'it's a small world' department, three hikers from the San Francisco area soon joined us on top and during our conversation with them came to find out they were friends with fellow Obsidian Sam Miller and had hiked with Sam and his son Zane.
On our descent we made a side trip to see the Hemlock Butte A-frame. We returned to the trailhead a little after 2:00, glad to have had an early start in order to beat much of the heat on the trail and to make time for swimming in Diamond Lake, ice cream at Southside, and some leisure time in camp during the remains of the day. It was a great day.Members: John Jacobsen, Rob Castleberry, Marianne Camp, Jim Whitfield. Nonmembers: Lisa Berenschot, Tom Etges.
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