To access the East Ridge Route from Ketchum Idaho, drive northeast on Trail Creek Road for 22 miles, up and over Trail Creek Summit on a good gravel road, until reaching the turnoff for Wildhorse Canyon, Antelope Pass, and Copper Basin on the east side of the road.
Take the gravel dirt road for 11 miles past Wildhorse Canyon until entering the Copper Basin and reaching the Copper Basin Loop Road.
Take the Copper Basin Loop Road south for a further 10 miles to Star Hope Campground. Continue just past the campground until seeing a small sign indicating Star Hope Canyon. Take this road and continue driving southward.
The Star Hope Road quickly deteriorates in condition and a four-wheel drive, high clearence vehicle is needed. Park around 2 miles from the turnoff at the base of the west face of Glide Mountain.
From Star Hope Canyon Road, descend down into Star Hope Valley and cross Star Hope Creek, which may be difficult in high water.
Continue across the valley floow aiming for the sage covered slopes below the east ridge that forms at about 9,000'. Climb the talus strewn, sage covered hill through two aspen groves to a large rockfield below the spot where the ridgeline forms. It appears as though the terrain may be easier a bit further south on the slope but it isn't.
Climb the strenuous class II talus field to gain the ridge. Once on the ridgeline, follow it occasionally dropping to either the west or east sides to avoid some iffy terrain to the ragged false summit of Glide Mountain.
Walk 200 yards north to reach the true summit.
No essential gear required for this route.
Be sure to bring all standard outdoor gear as this climb is very isolated from any amenities.
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