Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 23, 2002
I climbed this route, then descended to steep, loose north ridge (not recommended) and was fortunately able to take advantage of a 500' steep glissade on a northeast facing snowfield, to the base. I had to traverse back to the west to intersect the grassy south slopes of Peak 9 which I followed to it's summit. I made the roundtrip from my truck at the Wheeler Trail TH in 4-1/2 hours.
Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 27, 2004
Climbing in mostly white-out conditions was a test of our abilities, and we had to forego the traverse to Crystal Peak afterward. The crux of the day was getting from Upper Crystal Lake down to Lower Crystal Lake because steep, icy gullies covered the road, which we were using for our descent. A trip report is available here.