hope lake trail from trout lake. leave trail at 11,500' and head southwest toward dam (north side) of hope lake. important landmark is hope lake pipe outlet and associated "rocket" shaped metal shed. when open, this outlet feeds the stream to the right (south) of the trail. approx. 300 yards past these structures is hope lake dam.
guidebooks refer very generally to the northeast ridge as the standard route. to be precise, the actual ridge ascent is up an eastern spur of the northeast ridge.