Accompanied by my dog, we departed the Noble Cr TH at 9:30 to make an attempt on Highland and Silver Peaks. We followed Noble Trail toward Highland. After the trail crosses Noble Creek, we made 3 crossings of tributary creeks, topped off water at the 3rd, then headed up a spur ridge to the Highland Silver saddle, then followed the NW ridge to Highland's Summit, arriving about 12:15. After a 30 minute break we were off along the Silver Highland ridge to gain Silver's S Summit at 1:45 then the N Summit about 2:00. Returning to the S Summit, we descended talus (sometimes loose), sparse trees and meadow down a rounded ridge to Noble Creek accompanied by lightning, thunder and hail, feeling lucky that we did not dally on Silver. Arrived back at the truck at the TH at 3:30 for a 6 hr RT.
Very long day. PCT towards Noble Lake, then up Highland. Then crossed over to Silver Peak. Then dropped down the center rib (should have used the rib to the left) into Noble Canyon, back up to the PCT. About 14 miles for the day.