The ascent ridge that everyone seems to use wasn't immediately obvious to me, either on a map or in person. I went further up the canyon, passing some mining equipment, before finally deciding to head up the slope. I would not advise this, as it was steeper than the normal route, and just barely on the right side of "climbable". The views from the top are unique and beautiful. I took the standard way down and it was easy scree surfing most of the way. GPS trace
Route Climbed: SE ridge Date Climbed: March 6, 2004
This peak is geologically unique -- it's made of rhyolite, in a chain of limestone peaks. The Native Americans used obsidian from nearby to make arrowheads. There is still a "pearlite" mine near the base, where one can see hydrated obsidian blown into the neighboring limestone.