I've been trying to climb this peak for a few years, but just never made the time. After studying the Nipple Peak page, I had a pretty good idea of where I needed to go. FR 488 to 488.1C and follow to the end. Up the slope to the south east ridge. This ridge offered some of the best picture taking of Nipple peak. Along the ridge was fun and not technical. Ascented the peak from around the east side. Good, fun scrambling. Highly enjoyed the views. This climb offered some opportunity for map and compass skills, which I try to take advantage of when I can.
Climbed Nipple Peak from FR 488. Good hike up, even though you're buried among steep hillsides and dense forest. The southeast ridge is pretty neat, nice to scramble along. Then climbed the final pitches on the north side of Nipple Peak - it is fairly steep and the scrambling was great. Lots of loose rock though. The route we took up the north face probably went at class 3 to 4. Descended the south side of the peak on steep, loose rock/dirt. Spectacular summit requiring a bit of nerve to climb to and only has enough room for one!