Start at the Pacific crest Trail head at Sonora Pass. From the trail head the PCT moves gently up hill around a large cirque for about 1.75 miles. This can be shortened by following a steep, unmaintained, trail up a ridge to the right of the PCT immediately at the trail head and joining up with the PCT at about the 1.5 point of the regular route. This shorter route is preferable if there is still alot of snow on the ground. The trail passes through a saddle and heads south for about 1.5 miles along the 10,800 ft. contour. The trail then passes curves east through a pass. The next 0.5 mile drops a little ways and heads SE passing by a small snowmelt tarn and then rises up to a very narrow pass. Hold on to your hats, the wind can howl through this section. The trail turns west and then curves south with a slight drop in elevation. Follow this for about a mile. You will at the base of a large gulley with a high ridge to the south. Latopie Lake will be below you to the east.
The climb is an easy (except for the elevation) walk. A climbers trail moves up a gulley off the PCT for about 0.25 miles heading straight for the east face of the peak and then turns left taking you up on the SE ridge. Once on the ridge continue to follow the climbers trail northwest toward the summit. The summit is rather large and flat. Look for the summit log in an ammo canister under some rocks toward the east side of the summit area.
The only essential equipment is good footwear and water. For a very early season climb (just after Sonora Pass opens) an ice axe and crampons might be useful on the last section.
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