After first doing the north ridge before the friggin' highway was put in, I found out about the standard "trail" route.
Having then done the trail a hundred thousand times as a mid-week conditioner (and/or to take out of town friends/relatives up to see the city lights at night), I thought it appropriate to explore other routes.
The east ridge (indirect) was next - pretty cool... the 4th class dry waterfall was the highlight.
Some time later, I was going to solo the west face (directly), but chickened out. I went a little to the right...and did the indirect variation instead. I still wanna do that steep face directly...but roped. After doing the west face indirectly, I descended via the short but tedious west ridge.
After driving by the south ridge many many times, I decided to check it out one day. Not too bad - a couple short class 4-5 sections (if you stay true to the crest) that are fun.
This peak is ideal for those wanting a mid-week conditioner, those wanting to show out of town guests the city views, and for those who are passing through and want something light.
Considering the mountain's many routes, it is tailored to the casual hiker, the enthusiastic scrambler, and the climber alike.
-9/23/09: Ran up the south ridge again. Although I initially rated the route 5.1, I must now agree with Matthew's assessment that it's only 4th class. 30 minutes car-to-car.
-9/30/09: Did the south ridge again with DB and our buddy Ko. Met another buddy, who'd come up from the trail, on the summit. Spent an hour on top watching the sun get lower in the sky.
-5/13/10: Scrambled up the south ridge yet again, though this time I took the Bandanna Variation ~ a most excellent variation that features 100+ feet of sustained, steep class 4 with excellent holds.
-09/10: South Ridge w/DB
-10/12/10: Standard route w/Dimps