While I noticed at least one easier route up, the view from the road to the peak of the way I took called out. Leaving the car at a sizable, paved turnout, I followed the creek for a bit, then hit snow and just made like a mountain goat straight for the top.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)