Peak 8386 (Diadem Peak)

Elevation: 8,386 ft

This peak is not in the book.


This peak sits above Trail Lake on Diamond Ridge and due north of Storm Peak. Diamond Ridge runs from Peak 8552 northeast to a peak identified by the USGS as Diamond Rock. This peak is the gnarliest of the four peaks on the ridge and it is crowned by several granite towers.

Peak 8386 viewed from the pass between it and Peak 8525.

Peak 8386 viewed from the pass between it and Peak 8525.

The peak is most impressive on its western side. Climbing the western ridge involves a lot of scrambling around the maze of blocks that clutter the ridge. It’s not difficult but takes some time. Climb the peak’s Class 4 summit block from its east side. This is a short Class 3 scramble around and over numerous granite boulders.

I climbed this peak as part of a traverse of the ridge with John Platt in 2015. For additional details, see my Diamond Ridge Traverse page and John’s trip report.

The west side of the summit block. The Class 4 route is shown in red. Climb the lower section on the right. Once on you reach the shelf at the top of the first move step across to higher block to the left and then scramble to the top. You can also climb the equally airy lower summit from the shelf.

The west side of the summit block. The Class 4 route is shown in red. Climb the lower section on the right. Once on you reach the shelf at the top of the first move step across to higher block to the left and then scramble to the top. You can also climb the equally airy lower summit from the shelf.

Diamond ridge is located northeast of upper Payette Lake on the east side of the paved Warren Wagon Road which is leaves McCall on the west side of Payette Lake. The best access at this point in time is to follow the Warren Wagon Road north for 21.1 miles and then turn east (right) onto FS-431 and follow this descent dirt road to its end. A fair trail leaves the east end of the parking lot and climbs roughly 750 feet in one mile to the base of the ridge at Deep Lake. You can hike crosscountry to all four of the ridge’s peaks from the trailhead but be forewarned that this area was heavily burned and in places crosscountry travel will involve crossing acres of downed trees. The Victor Creek trails traverses this country and crosses the ridge between this peak and Peak 8525. As of 2014 the trail was blocked by numerous downed trees and thus, I cannot recommend it at present.

USGS Victor Peak

 

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 2015
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: East side of the summit block.
  • Party: John Platt and Tom Lopez

Longitude: -115.93329   Latitude: 45.15459

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