This is the view of the final section of the NW ridge of Broken Top from the route. The yellow is an easy class 2/3 hike up to the crux. The red is the approximate location of the route described by Hammer
, and the blue is the rough location of the descent recommended by Brian Jenkins.
On my ascent I first attempted the red route, but felt uncomfortable with no protection, so I followed the blue route both up and down (class 3/4) with no problems.