This is a better destination than Union Peak, and it is unfortunate that the best way to reach it is via Union Peak. The ridge route between the two peaks is easier to follow than the the east ridge route of Union Peak. The summit views from Jove Peak are better than Union Peak, too. I am glad to get this peak out of the way, as 2x of Union is 2x too many.
Climbed with Katie and John, cut a few switchbacks in Smithbrook to hit the notch on the Union ridge and then head down and around to Jove. a longer, more strenuous day than i had anticipated despite good snow conditions. poor route finding mostly to blame, the traverse from Union is definitely the best route.