Diamond Peak Wilderness: Deschutes
Diamond Peak Wilderness straddles the Cascade Mountains. Diamond Peak was formed as the entire land mass of the Cascades was undergoing volcanic activity and uplift. Great glaciers carved the large volcanic peak and when they receded, the bulk of the mountain remained, with snowfields near the summit and dozens of small lakes surrounding the peak. This 52,611-acre Wilderness spans both the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.
Lakes are one to 28 acres in size. Approximately 14 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail pass through this wilderness. Another 38 miles of trail, including the 10-mile Diamond Peak Trail, stretches the length of the west side of the peak.
Nearly the entire area is covered with mixed stands of mountain hemlock, lodgepole and western white pine, and silver, noble and other true firs.
- Key access points: Trail and trailhead access information.
At a Glance
|Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
|Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes & Permits page for details.
|Deschutes National Forest:
From Crescent, OR (or Eugene) via Highway 58:
- Crater Butte Trail via Crater Butte trailhead
- Fawn Lake Trail
- Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000- Diamond Peak
- Snell Lake Trail
- Whitefish Creek Trail
- Yoran Lake Trail
Other trails within Diamond Peak Wilderness:
- Stag Lake Trail and Pretty Lake Trail - access from Fawn Lake or Crater Butte Trails.
From Eugene, OR on Highway 58:
- Willamette National Forest information about Diamond Peak Wilderness.
Cowhorn Mountain, Diamond Peak, Emigrant Butte, Groundhog Mountain, Rigdon Point. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.
Buy maps online
Go to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) map store: https://store.usgs.gov/maps
Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.