This is an impressive summit that towers above one of the most beautiful and remote-feeling scenes I have ever seen. We left from the campground later than planned, but past the crowds well before the tree-line. After leaving most of our pack weight at Jewel lake with a less-inclined member of our party, the other 3 of us headed up the west ridge and made it back down with enough time to eat a short lunch and rest before the upper lake area began to fill with the irritating crowds...
Went up with bthere and friends, swam up the left Y gully and stood on top late in the day. I got the "up close and personal" view of bthere's slide, left me puckered. The schwack out through the unknown was the worst part, though, especially since I left my headlamp at home...
Climbed the left branch of the Y gully, then scrambled to the summit. One skier dropped in to a safe spot, then I kicked off an 18" avalanche that roared past him. We hiked back out and descended the south side of the mountain, mostly in the dark and through dense forest. Very long day, very poor conditions on the descent, but still better than being buried! 19 hours car to car.
Beautiful hike in, and a great ridge walk to the summit. Perfectly clear day. Sat down with a couple of topos at my side, spent a while naming visible peaks. Highly recommend this climb. Do-able in one day, but why hurry? Spend your weekend up there. It is worth it.
Hit trailhead solo at 6am, cut out to west ridge from Jewel Lake and summited at 9:30. Then descended east ridge summit block and traversed ridgeline to saddle east of pine creek lake and then dropped down to tbe lake at noon. After the ridgeline turns north after going east it becomes rather technical and somewhat loose depending on your route. Ridge is actually quite solid but if you drop off either east or west it can become quite loose. Back at the car by 2pm.
After mid-july this route can easily be done in running shoes and a some water/food, no axe needed. GO LIGHT.
After being turned away in June, we climbed this one on a day hike from the campground. Breathtaking views. I'm sure I'll return.