Tipsoo Peak Hike

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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Tipsoo Peak Hike


  • Tipsoo Peak Trailhead.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Along the trail to Tipsoo Peak.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Even in July, much of the trail can be covered with snow.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • View of Mount Thielsen from the trail.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Mount Thielsen and Diamond Lake.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Looking northeast from the peak, Miller Lake in the distance.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Howlock Mountain and Mount Thielsen.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
  • Returning down the snow-covered trail.- Tipsoo Peak Hike
Overview + Weather
Great views. Solitude.
Snow can make the trail hard to follow.
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,485.00 ft (452.63 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
6.10 mi (9.82 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,453.00 ft (1,966.87 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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In the Diamond Lake area, there a several nice trails to explore, the most prominent one being the strenuous hike up to Mount Thielsen. For those looking for an easier trip that still has great views, the Tipsoo Peak hike is a great choice. Marked only by a tiny sign with parking along the dirt access road, this hike is likely to be quite solitary, and the views at the top are worth the effort.

From the trailhead, the route climbs continuously through dense forest with a few long, arcing switchbacks up to the point where the trees start to thin out. The last mile or so is in open country, and it is fairly easy to lose the faint trail, especially if there is still a lot of snow on the ground, which is likely even into July. With a GPS or topo map and compass, finding the peak is pretty simple in spite of losing the trail. Once up on the top, the views in all directions are spectacular, particularly the great view of Mount Thielsen and Diamond Lake to the south and southwest.

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