This trail is maintained for foot and horse traffic since it lies within the Wenah-Tucannon Wilderness. The first portion of the trail descends steeply from Diamond into Chaparral Basin (about 3.5 miles) over a rocky trail tread. Then it descends more gradual once it starts following along Melton Creek.
The lower portions of the trail was reconstructed in the summer of 1988. There are a few places available for camping along the trail with water available for stock. Diamond trailhead does not have any facilities for user groups. Parking is limited at the trailhead. This is one of the first hit areas on the district by winter snow falls, thus it is hazardous to get out of the trailhead when there is a snow cover.
Melton Creek is lightly traveled, thus peace and seclusion is an almost guarantee. The view from the trail is terrific and offers photographic opportunities. The upper segment of the trail has panoramic view of the Wenah-Tucannon Wilderness. The lower segment of the trail is in a rugged picturesque canyon with views of the creek and rimrocked canyon walls.
Directions: From Pomeroy, Take County Road #128 from Pomeroy. Where the road Y's approximately 10 miles- continue straight on to Mountain Road #40. Enter Forest Boundary. Continue on Road #40 for 17 miles. Turn right on Road #4030. Follow road for 5 miles to Diamond trailhead. Follow Mt. Misery Trail #3113 for 1 1/2 miles to Diamond Spring. Melton Creek Trail takes off to the left.
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Ending Elevation: 2,400 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Distance: 9.7 miles
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