OverviewWhile not necessarily the shortest way, an aesthetic route with great views goes over point 11894, and down to the saddle between that and Cairn Mountain, and up the ridge to the summit. The 500 vertical feet up to point 11894 are a fun scramble, anywhere from class 2 to class 4 depending on the route you take
Getting ThereFrom the Skytop Lakes basin, just follow the stream up until it disappears in the moraine, and then follow snow to the right up to the saddle between Granite and point 11894. Alternately, cross to the right of the creek before the last couple lakes, and follow grass up to the moraine. (See main page for getting to the Skytop Lakes basin).
Route DescriptionThe route begins at the saddle between Granite Peak and Point 11894. Scramble up the ridge-crest, going right easier ground and finally talus if you get scared. From the top of 11894 descend to the saddle between 11894 and Cairn Mountain. From here follow and intermittent use trail up the ridge to a broad plateau at 12,000 feet. From here it's a beautiful stroll over tundra and rocks to the top, about a half mile further.
You can descend down the scree slope from the saddle between Cairn Mountain and pt 11894. This has deep scree, and is a quick descent.