Snowy Hike to Corrigan Lake

Corrigan Lake with Diamond Peak in the background
Diamond Peak Wilderness is a hikers' paradise, especially once the mosquitoes have died back for the year. Corrigan Lake is a worthy destination for a short day hike on the western side of Diamond Peak. After a very cold night camping at Indigo Springs Campground we set out for the Corrigan Lake trailhead. There was a fair amount of snow around the 5,000 foot mark, but nothing too serious.

Trailhead for Corrigan Lake

Douglas-fir and mountain hemlock line much of the Corrigan Lake Trail
The trail starts out across the road from the relatively large (4 plus car) pull-out. There are some impressive Douglas-fir and western hemlock along the short 2 mile trail. You will climb only about 500 feet to Corrigan Lake, mostly on a couple of switchbacks. The trail continues past Corrigan Lake and meets up with trail 3699, which traverses the western side of Diamond Peak wilderness. There are many great trails nearby including Vivian Lake/Divide Lake and Rockpile Lake trails, which could be accessed from the Corrigan Lake trailhead.

Nicole about to toss a snowball

Ice covering a small stream
After spending some time wandering around Corrigan Lake and drinking some beers we headed back to the trailhead. While Tim and Nicole were wandering around the lake they spotted the prints of a black bear. Unfortunately it was nowhere to be found.  Given that snow has been falling recently if you're heading out soon be ready for plenty of snow!

Sia checking out Corrigan Lake and Diamond Peak

Bear prints near Corrigan Lake

Directions from Oakridge: Follow Highway 58 east for 2 miles turn right onto Kitson Spring Road (FR 23), follow for 30 miles, turn left onto FR 2149, follow for 7 miles, pull-out is on the left.

Hike Distance:  4.1 miles round trip

Hike Type: Out and Back 

Elevation Gain: 500 Feet

Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 Feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: 1 out of 5

Fees: None

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