“A lovely trail from Diamond lake to the top of Mt. Bailey.”
— Brian Smith
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The trail will usually be snow-covered between November and May. Mount Bailey is a popular back-country ski area in winter. The first two miles of the #1452 are used for cross country skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
Portions of this trail are entirely runnable while other portions will be a stretch to maintain pace. Watch your footing above treeline!
The trailhead for the #1451 is on dirt Forest Road 4795-300, about 0.5 miles southwest of paved Forest Road 4795, the main road around Diamond Lake. If Forest Road 4795-300 seems too rough for your vehicle, park along Forest Road 4795 and walk to the trailhead. There are no amenities or water at this trailhead.
The trail starts out flat under a canopy of lodgepole pine. The trail will then guide you through airy stands of fir and mountain hemlock. You'll reach tree line roughly 1 mile from the summit of Mt. Bailey. The last portion of the trail is quite steep and rugged and may be too technical for children.
Above tree line, the mountain's volcanic origins are made clear by the unique rock formations all around. Mt. Thielsen and Diamond Lake will fill the foreground of your view, while the Cascades to the north and Mt. Shasta to the south fill the background.
The first 2 miles are used for cross-country skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.