My legs got torn up on this one. My skin was practically raw by the time we got back to the car. Wear pants on this one. The brush isn't dense, but it is dry and it will cut your skin up. Definitely can see why it is better to do this one earlier in the season. Getting up to the ridge was mostly covered in snow but became nasty kitty litter just below the ridge. It is prime territory for dropping rocks on your climbing partners. The actual climbing section was pretty straightforward. The first "pitch" was easy with excellent holds. Just free climb that one and save some time. For the summit block pitch, we used the "ladder" left at the summit, stood on it on my tippy toes, and made the friction moves to secure myself. That mossy stuff really is scary to try to friction climb on. Plus you are not protected. Belayed my partner up. Views were awesome from the summit.
someone has placed a makeshift ladder at the summit slab but it doesn't really work very well. The scree is so bad up here we basically glissaded dirt/rock on the way down.
We skipped the hidden gully and climbed up the rappel route. We did Willow Tooth before heading down.
Fun mountain to do in spring. Would not want to do it when the snow melts though. This mountain is covered in kitty litter on the way up.
Greg and I hiked up snow through Willow Creek valley and went up the ridge to the base of the summit area at the saddle between it and Willow Tooth. I led up the rappel route and forced my way up the summit slab without a shoulder stand. Dumb friction move was wet and covered with lichen. Views were great though...rapped the summit slab, tagged Willow Tooth and we hiked out with an awesome glissade! Lots of snow still around