Route Climbed: NE Ridge (ascent) / SE Slopes (descent) Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2004
Dayhike out of North Lake, up via Piute Pass/Alpine Col and returning via Darwin Canyon/Mt. Lamarck. Goethe Lake is lined with absolutely HUGE boulders! I found the west side to be kind of tedious with a backpack a couple of years ago (and I'm pretty sure I swore off ever visiting the lake again at the time)... unfortunately, I found that the east side is no better.
I couldn't figure out why Secor rates the NE ridge as class 3-4; it seemed pretty easy, no more than class 3. Nice scramble on good rock though. The SE slopes, on the other hand, were kind of tedious--talus, and not the nice scree run I was hoping for.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe