I just posted a map showing our route. We headed up the East ridge on a nice climbers trail, and then traversed to the left on benches at 5900'. After summitting, the ridge-walk towards Rainier and Little T is fantastic.
Do not count on the old trail! Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2011
The old trail on the east is pretty much gone. At least I could not keep track of it. Sometimes you could see, that it was there once, but soon it's gone. Great hike, but for round trip you have to bushwhack through the forest. 5 goats on my way up :)