On a cool fall day my dogs and I hiked up Falls Fork to Johnson Lake, set down for a bit and listened to the elk bugling in the burn east of the lake, then hiked up to Rainbow Pass. From there, we rambled on up the ridgeline to the summit. Despite its shorter stature, McGlaughlin was well worth visiting because of its excellent views of all the surrounding peaks. Just a great time up there, and I believe I had that whole side of the wilderness to myself that day- which is a rare treat! Then we headed on down towards Edith Lake, and right in the saddle east of point 8906 on the ridge, there is a very heavily used game trail that makes getting down to the lake nothing more than a steep hike. After a few stick fetches in the lake, we hiked out. A really enjoyable day!
The summit of this Peak is not so prominent and is mostly a goat feeding area, but the veiws from the surrounding peaks and alpine tarns is good.
This is a great trip with the Traverse to Warren Peak or from, added into it.
Camped out at Edith Lake. We were a party of 4, because one girl chickened out before we started the steep ridge. We chilled out for an hour or so on the relatively flat topped green summit. Beautiful day, with beautiful views!