Description and directions
Approaching and climbing
After a quick break and a peak at the summit register I took a look at Mastiff, cinched up my pack straps and scrambled down onto the saddle ridge. There is about an 800 foot drop from the Howard summit to the low point of the saddle before heading back upward toward Mastiff's summit. Find the path of least resistance through the brush and boulders for 500 vertical feet to the top. It took me about 40 minutes from peak to peak.
From the top of Mastiff I followed it's SE ridge until cliffing out and then dropped downslope towards Royal Creek and the Nason Ridge trail. From this point I followed the trail back to the trailhead