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IMO, your best bet is to approach from the SW ("back side" as you call it), to tackle the steeps going up, rather than down. I did it in the fall in dry weather -- no idea what it would be like in ice/snow/winter conditions.
The Ore Bed trail heads back down to the JBL from the col between Saddleback and Gothics. If you wanted to tag Gothics, too, you'd probably want to do an up-and-down from the top of Ore Bed. Otherwise, if you traversed Gothics, you'd have to then go over Armstrong and Upper Wolf Jaw in order to pick up the next trail (in the col between Upper and Lower Wolf Jaws) to take you back to the JBL.