From Reno, take I-80 east. From exit 129, set odometer to zero and take a left onto Nevada Highway 401, towards Rye Patch Dam. Turn left at 1.8 miles and then take immediate right onto gravel road. Take a right at 32.9 miles onto Imlay Cutoff Road. Shortly after crossing railroad tracks, take a left at 35.1 miles onto Bottle Creek Road. Veer left onto Trout Creek Road at 50.6 miles. Turn left onto wilderness area vehicle access route at 54.6 miles. Park at 58.2 miles near wilderness area boundary. Vehicle access routes may be impassable in wet conditions.
This eastern approach begins at the wilderness area boundary at Big Cedar Creek. From the wilderness boundary, follow the closed road to the eastern facing rib protruding from the main north-south ridge. The lower drainage features some small cliffs and vegetation that can slow travel. Follow the rib to the base of the highest drainage below the two points of King Lear Peak. The left point is the summit proper. Follow the upper drainage to the saddle between the two points. From the saddle, the easiest route to the summit follows a notch that begins on the northwest face of the summit block. Bighorn sheep travel on this notch and have created something of a trail that leads to a short and easy scramble to the summit.
Hikers may need ice axe and crampons in the presence of snow and ice.
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