Up the south ridge after Sentinel, long dayhike back down the East Fork to Wallowa Lake afterwards. Beautiful area!
Easy, though not quick.
After not hitting this one in 2009, Flanders and I hiked up it from the Pass after tagging Sentinel on Day 3 of a hike with Mark and Natasha. Decided not to hike down the ridge to Petes, went back to the Pass and then down the trail to Tenderfoot Pass to camp at Jewett Lake again. Hard to tell which is the real summit so we tagged all of them on the ridge.
Long day up to Polaris Pass, descended to lakes basin, this was the extreme drought year, thus no water from top of Polaris Point to until bottom of Lakes Basin
Climbed with clam, see five day five person trip report.
Climbed on our second day of a 5 day Wallowa Journey.
Backcountry trip from Mount Howard spanning over to Polaris Pass where we dropped down into the Wallowa drainage to hike out. Stopped and had lunch off the trail while a pair from our party ran up Sentinel Peak. Excellent view of the Wallowa's. saw the trail up to Ice Lake and Eagle Cap and Cusick Mountain. Headed down Polaris Pass and camped at the river's side below the established camp near the bottom of the pass.
This is a very easy climb up a fairly broad ridge from Polaris Pass. The problem for me was it was at the end of a 15 mile, 5 peak day and my body wasn't quite prepared for that. Plus it was getting dark fast, but with my schedule the next day, if I did not get up this one on this day, I wasn't going to get it. The sun set a couple minutes before I got to the top. The views were great, but fading fast. At this elevation, once the sun goes down, there is not much residual light. There was no summit register, at least I couldn't see one in the dark. I dropped off the east side and surfed scree all the way down to my camp in the dark. Would like to return to the top in the daylight next time. This is an overlooked, yet real nice mountain.