In the morning, Kim, Kessler, and I hiked the Willow Creek Trail near Steamboat Lake. We saw and owl and some deer. After that we drove to the Nipple Peak Trailhead in order to climb City Mountain. We followed the Nipple Peak Trail until we left the trail and climbed to the saddle southwest of City Mountain. WE then headed through the deadfall and to the steep scree slopes before climbing to the base of the summit block. We were surprised by the technical section blocking access to the true summit. We traverse the north side of the summit cliffs until we were east of the summit. It was then a class 5.0 exposed climb along a knife edge to the summit. We returned the same way down the summit block before descending the south face.
The peak was more difficult than expected and took longer than expected, but it was a good climb.