Started at the Rock Creek TH. Backpacked to just shy of Cleveland Pass. The next day we went up the east face of Cleveland to its south ridge. Followed the ridge to the summit and then went on to Squaw. All this was easy so far. Then we followed the ridge line to Explorer Peak which we found tough going with lots of loose rock. We descended Explorer's east ridge almost to the 11500' saddle. From there we descended to the basin and traveled south, over Cleveland Pass and back to our camp on the other side. Hiked out on day 3.
Very long 3-day trip. I worked at the East Fork Bear River Scout Camp as a backpacking guide. Having already bagged Explorer in 1990, I had someone drop me off at the Highline Trailhead who was on their way back to SLC from EFBR. Hiked the Highline, bagged Squaw and Cleaveland, back to upper Rock Creek to Lightning Lake, over Ostler Pass to EFBR. Round trip 50+ miles. If only I was in shape again.
An easy climb but with a long approach. Climbed from a base camp at nearby Rock Lakes, on a beautiful clear September morning.