Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 6): Diablo North to Paisley
ElevationAscent: 2,299' 701 m
Descent: -3,140' -957 m
High: 6,111' 1,863 m
Low: 4,330' 1,320 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“At Diablo Peak enjoy views well worth the precarious rock scrambling.”— Renee Patrick
This is a difficult section with quite a lot of elevation gain, and mostly cross-country terrain exposed to the wind, sun, and maybe even rain. On some of the high ridges, a certain amount of rock scrambling is needed to get up or down to the high points.
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This is a difficult section with quite a lot of elevation gain and mostly cross-country terrain exposed to the wind, sun, and maybe even rain. Water sources are unreliable until reaching the town of Paisley which has all services.
From this bench, the trail climbs steeply to the south-southeast to reach the summit of Diablo Peak. There is a small amount of rock scrambling at the top, and it may be worth doing without a pack if one is concerned about balance. From this high point, Summer Lake and Winter Rim are seen to the west, the rest of Diablo Rim stretches to the south, and to the east is wide-open, buckled high desert. Weather can move in quickly along the Diablo Rim, and one does not want to be caught on Diablo Peak or on the rim during a storm.
Heading southeast from the peak, the ODT drops steeply and then follows the high points along the Diablo Rim, with small climbs and drops in between. Some of the climbs involve rock scrambling where there is exposed rock. Despite the open terrain and low vegetation, this is a rugged stretch of the trail. Eventually the rim-walking arrives at a high point where the ODT turns more southerly away from the east rim and drops through taller sage and scattered great basin rye to a rough two-track road (WB058) and follows this to the southeast to the Between Rim and Inter-Mountain water holes (WB061 and WB063; cow-water if any at all, unreliable).
Towering to the south above this second water hole is the rock formation Sharp Top. The ODT continues on the rough two-track road from the south end of Inter-Mountain Water hole - -the actual roadbed becomes faint -- as it passes by the eastern base of Sharp Top and descends south to Giant Water hole (WB067 possible water cache spot). The ODT follows the two-track road here to the southeast and takes the right (south) fork. This two-track crosses through a fence at the unreliable Rocky Water hole (WB070), and meets up with a major dirt road shortly after. The ODT follows this road south and east for several miles as it descends through Sand Hollow and passes the ZX Ranch operation, arriving at the paved Highway 31. The Chewaucan River and Paisley (WB078) are less than a mile to the south.
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