With little input to planning than Diamond Lake is central to 3 hiking adventures: 1) cover more of PCT south of Willamette Pass, 2) hike Mt Thielsen, and 3) hike Mt Bailey. Diamond Lake is a gem of a place to base day adventures (pun intended); I was surprised at every turn around the Lake with things to do and see – all without feeling like I was on top of other people.
The first morning at the lake, coyotes singing woke me around 4:00 – they sang back and forth for about 5 minutes – some closer than others, but truly beautiful. The second morning, it was 35 degrees at 05:00; but, by the time I was done hiking back in my car on Highway 58, it was 86 degrees – over 50 degree swing (my body went nuts!)
Here is a short list of activities that are both at the lake and easy to get to: a) Crater Lake north entrance <30 min; b) Mt Bailey; c) Mt Thielsen; d) horseback riding; e) boating of all types; f) biking around the lake – 10 miles; g) short rambling walks; and h) just hanging out.
For the ~$30 I paid for my 2 nights of car camping at Broken Arrow campground (what a difference from backpacking), Diamond Lake could not have offered a better set of adventures. 3 hikes in order: 1 – Mt Thielsen via PCT at Route 138 (south to north); 2 – Mt Bailey walking from Broken Arrow campground via Silent Creek trail; and 3 – Mt Thielsen via Thielsen Creek Trail. Of the 3, Mt Bailey was the favored.
Just simply beautiful and a place to revisit …