The Western Summit
Even though the route up the north ridge is a bushwhack, the route is pretty straightforward. I'll state the obvious, if you keep going "up" through the initial stand of trees, while sticking to the top of the ridge, you can't go wrong.
The route is just a "walk-up" until you encounter a large blockage. From a distance this blockage looks rather intimidating, but when you get closer to it, multiple ways to climb it present themselves.
LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROUTE
Once past the blockage there is some more minor scrambling until you are able to start hiking again along the summit ridge to the actual western summit. Again, the western summit is broad and flat and tree-covered.
The Eastern Summit
From the western summit descend the ridge to the east for about 1/3 of a mile, losing about 200' in elevation, until you reach the rocky saddle between the two summits. This is a great place to take a break and have lunch before you take on the eastern summit. From the saddle, pick a line up the ridge and go for it. As stated before, this is more of a scramble and can be as exposed as you would like it to be. We found easier going the closer to the ridge...less vegetation to contend with, for the most part, although, in a couple of spots, small trees and bushes were growing all the way over to the edge.
This portion of the trip is short and sweet...less than a tenth of a mile gaining approximately 160'. As stated earlier, views from the eastern summit are very rewarding. View those on the main page.
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|Trail #26||1.73||838'||Ascent to western summit||.91||542'||Descent to saddle||.34||-191'||Ascent to eastern summit||.09||160'||Total||3.07||1540'|
Don't forget the almost 200' you must re-gain going back up the ridge to the western summit if you choose to go on and climb the eastern summit.
I believe the Glacier Mountaineering Society would rate this climb as the following:
2 (3) M S