Carla and I parked at the Swauk Pass (new Blewett Pass) sno park and
headed south up road 9716. We took the cross country ski trail that
forks off of 9716 and runs along the east side of Diamond Head. We
left the trail and headed west up the first clear slope the trail
crosses, this slope led us to the NE corner of Diamond Head.
We took one run down the corn snow (I learned a couple new ways to
fall), then booted up to the north slopes of Diamond Head. We skied
down the north slopes of Diamond Head until the snow ran out, then
descended the north ridge until it met the trail we ascended on.
Elevation gain: approx. 1,745 feet
Trip type: backcountry ski
USGS quad: Blewett Pass
In: US 97 Corridor
Car-to-car time: 5 hours 12 minutes
- 2 hours 27 minutes ascending from Swauk Pass sno park to top of Diamond Head
- 2 hours 45 minutes descending from top of Diamond Head to Swauk Pass sno park
- 1 hour 40 minutes driving back from Swauk Pass sno park to Capitol Hill
Carla skiing up the trail to Diamond Head
Lunch on the north ridge of Diamond Head
Copyright © 2007 Gabriel Deal.