Took the scramble route from Mineshaft Saddle up the north-east ridge dragging my twin brother up and down. Sunny and mild but very dry. Way better if done in the snow by the looks of it.
one of the best "back door" trails into the sgwa. been up/down this trail too many times to count.
Good times on the trail
The road in is in good condition and this trail is great. A much better alternative than the madness of Viv Creek.
A couple of times. GREAT alternative to the Vivian or South Fork.
As I stated in the main page climber's log, this route is fantastic! I ran into only one other group of three (on the way down) during the entire trip. You really feel as though you are the only soul on the mountain (and I hiked it over a holiday weekend no less!) 4 wheel drive not necessary to reach the trailhead, but a vehicle with higher than normal clearance would be recommended (if you want to chance it, borrow a high-lift jack, and it should get you out of any jams!)