First attempt was in late winter/early spring of 1989 and I didn't quite make it to the highpoint. I had my wife and my +/-3-month-old son Lance with me in our 1984 Subaru 4x4 GL Wagon. After getting stuck in the snow for about a half hour while trying to drive over to the "Lake No. 2" benchmark, I decided to save it for another day.
30 years later, I was visiting my same son (Lance) after the birth of his second child and drove back to Israel Canyon to try it again. I had an early morning start and it had been a heavy snow year. The gate near the bottom of the canyon was closed and locked. I decide to attempt it on foot. According to my Strava app on my phone, I hiked 6.77 miles with 2,164 feet of elevation gain. Half of that was on fairly firm snow. I hurried along because I didn't want to get caught having to post-hole through snow on the way back due to the day's rising temperatures. Round trip only took 2 hours and 9 minutes. Perfect weather!
Climbed this peak to visit caves with the HS Alpine Club.
Needing some good exercise and having a half day to play with, my wife dropped me off near a housing area of Saratoga Springs, just off of highway 68. I aimed for the ridge that looked most promising and found my way up the ridge that separates Clark and Losee canyons. It was straightforward and relatively easy until I hit snow deep enough to posthole through which greatly slowed my progress. I had left my snowshoes in the vehicle, never dreaming there would be enough snow to cause me problems. (doh)
Once I hit the snowmobile traveled roads on the top of the plateau, the going got easier. 4 hours for 4 miles was pretty slow and to top it i off, I had forgot my sunscreen and a hat. I paid for that the next day. Still, it was a good conditioner, just what I had wanted. I then decided to go out via the Israel canyon road and I followed it for 4 miles back to where my wife picked me up. It took less than 2 hours to get back down but I had snow for 3 of the 4 miles.
It was obvious that snowmobiles made frequent use of this road but I saw none on the day I visited the area.