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Mount Bailey, OR | September 2016

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Mount Bailey near Diamond Lake is a great hike to fantastic views but
it requires some effort to get those views - about 10 miles round trip
and 3200 feet elevation gain. Like so many summits, it's the site of a
former fire lookout with little bits of glass and a few nails the only
significant evidence that a building once stood there.

Start at the intersection of Highways 138 and 230, north of the North
Entrance for Crater Lake National Park. Go west on 230 a short 0.2
miles and then north 0.7 miles to the South Shore and campgrounds sign
where you'll go west for 2.7 miles and go west on NF300. The trailhead
is about 0.4 miles along this road near 43.1242, -122.1655.

There is also an upper trailhead described in the summitpost
description below but you might consider that it may save you distance
and elevation, but not much time. It may require more than 9 inches of
vehicle ground clearance and on the upper road there was a parked
vehicle with a shredded tire - their spare. Seems like that road could
be hard on your car.

The trail can be dusty at the end of summer - especially the lower
section. You head up through woods and will cross the road at the
upper trailhead after a couple miles and another few miles to treeline
where things get a little rocky. There's a simple Class 2 scramble
near the summit and lots of loose rock and some exposure after this
point, but otherwise no real challenges to this climb. There are some
trees for supporting poles for antennas in the Activation Zone below
the summit, but none at the high point. I used some rocks to support
my antenna at the summit proper - it only fell down four times. There
was a bit of 2m FM activity on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, but
none on Sunday, so you may not want to count on just using a HT to
qualify for points from this remote peak.

There is nice camping at the south end of Diamond Lake, and there is
the Diamond Lake Resort for food and lodging at the north end.

Here's information on the former lookout:
You can find additional climb information here:

Wildlife along the Mount Bailey trail
Photogenic Mount Thielsen along the Mount Bailey trail
Photogenic Mount Thielsen along the Mount Bailey trail
Approaching Mount Bailey summit - note last trees
On Mount Bailey summit