Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - Diamond Peak

This section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is between Emigrant Pass (Summit Lake Campground) and Willamette Pass, and passes through the Diamond Peak Wilderness.

The trail goes around the east base of Diamond Peak (elevation 8744 ft) near timberline (about 7100 ft).

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 (

At a Glance

Permit Info: 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.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Motorized and mechanical equipment (including bicycles and drones) are prohibited in the wilderness.
  • Groups must be under 12 people and 12 head of stock.
  • Campfires are prohibited above 6,000 ft. in the Diamond Peak Wilderness (5,700 ft. in other Wilderness areas within the Deschutes National Forest).
  • Build campfires at least 100 feet away from water.
  • Pack in / Pack out!
  • “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”—please refrain from cutting, damaging or gathering vegetation or other forest items, i.e. rocks, etc.
  • Please bury human waste 6-8” deep and at least 200’ away from water.
Closest Towns: Crescent, Oregon
Information Center: Crescent Ranger District
136471 Hwy 97 North
PO Box 208
Crescent, OR 97733
(541) 433-3200

General Information


Emigrant Pass trailhead near Summit Lake:

From Crescent, OR travel about 12 miles west on County Road 61, then 3.5 miles north on Highway 58, then 7 miles west on Forest Road 60, continue west on Forest Road 6010 for 6.5 miles to Summit Lake and Emigrant Pass trailhead.

Willamette Pass trailhead access:

From Eugene, OR travel 70 miles east on Highway 58 to Willamette Pass. Pacific Crest Trail access is on the southwest side of the road near Odell Lake.


Day Hiking

See additional information under Backpacking.


Diamond Peak has been deeply cut into by glaciers, leaving sharp divides (aretes) separating great bowls (cirques). Basaltic lava and volcanic cinders and ash make up this stratovolcano.

Horse Riding

See additional information under Backpacking.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
18.2 miles

  Elevation : 
5100 - 7200