14:20 dayhike, including a big route-finding mistake on the way in. Thanks to LincolnB for posting below and answering my private questions.
14 hour dayhike, following Eckert's route on climber.org. There were use trails much of the way so brush wasn't that bad. My least favorite part was the steep off-trail climb from Surprise Camp to Salt Ridge.
Start 6am, summit 12:45, back to trailhead 5:30pm. Brushes, poison oaks, lots of. Extreme class 1 rating for sure!
Hiked the long way from Southfork campground with G, M, M, and E. Tough hike but great views along the ridge. Also, fantastic walk through the Garfield grove.
Overnight on the summit starting from the Kaweah River bridge in Oak Grove.
I did not like this peak.
The hike to Cahoon Rock is quite pleasant. The hike to the Nose from there is less so but there was not as much brush as I was expecting. Although there was a lot more side-hilling. Either way, plan on putting out lots of effort for this peak.
Climbed the 'left nostril' by mistake. We "picked" the right one after lunch.
Six of us left the Ladybug Trailhead to head up Pigeon Creek (lots of poison oak and brush) and on to Surprise Camp to get water and also wash off the poison oak. Salt Creek Ridge was interesting, some snow but didn't need ice axe or crampons. Long 14 hour day but the views were spectacular and the weather was perfect!
Long day with Daryn D, Patty R, Stephanie G., Bill L., and Ron H. Left from the cars and 6 am and returned at 8:30 pm. This is a true peakbaggers route. Plan on a long hard bushwack with lots of nav!
With Bob and Rick. As Bob said, not the greatest outing. At least there was no poison oak.
A very long day with foggy weather for most of it. Not one of the better outing this year. Trip Report
Backpacked in from Mineral King to Hockett Meadows. Camped at Evelyn Lake. XC to the ridge between Cahoon Rock and the Nose and traversed the ridge to the summit. On the return trip, bagged Cahoon Rock. Great hike, but heavy brush in certain places on the ridge.