I have an Eastern Sierra scrambling tour planned for the end of August. Trying to finalize my peak list and routes now. I just read the praise of Mt. Johnson's northwest ridge, and would love to add it to the agenda. But I'm anti-snow, so it sounds like the standard route via Treasure Col isn't an option. (Or might it be in a low-snow year like this?)
So I'm trying to ascertain if there's another way. The page seems to indicate that you can climb Mt. Gilbert first, and get to Johnson's NW ridge that way. But I'd like to have confirmation. And if I go this route, do I get the entire NW ridge scrambling experience? Or are you already a certain distance up the ridge by the time you get there?
Any input would be appreciated.