Walked the full length of the south ridge, gaining it at the stream crossing. This was a pretty enjoyable hike, I ran into a herd of 30+ elk at the water hole on the hike out. Rather than scattering them I dropped down into the canyon and walked the road back. Crossing the icy cold creek in bare feet on the hike back was an amazing relief on my tired old feet!
I've climbed this peak numerous times over the years in that it is one of those peaks you can get into early season if you're not a big snow fan....but if you are you can jump onto the north face and take a few semi-circles and then hike back up to the ridge. This date is the year that i was up there as the first (my partner was second) ;-) hiker for the year.
Gorgeous Day! I climbed with a friend of mine from Preston. We went up the southeast ridge from the Right Fork of Iron Bog Creek. The View from the top was absolutely amazing! This mountain is a good workout for the legs but it is well worth it!