A little cool in December, but at least it was a sunny day.
So basically my buddy and I stopped at Hazlett Spring and instead of following the directions we decided to make more or less a straight run at it from where we were. Good decision/bad decision. For the first hour and a half it was smooth sailing and I'm glad we went that way, we found an AWESOME hidden canyon and campsite with a lot of cool old artifacts. From there though the mahogony got TERRIBLE for longer than I even know. We hit every peak between Hazlett and Rawe to get a visual to make sure we were going the right direction and when we weren't fighting the mahogany we were climbing some steep rocks. Finally ascended in a rock climb up the NW face of Rawe to it's summit. Went around the east side of the mountain on the way back, once again not following directions. All in all turned a 6 hr hike into an 11 1/2 hr hike. Great adventure, I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way but I don't recommend that approach for the faint of heart.
Hiked it from Como but probably could have gotten much closer to the peak on the service road. (Not the powerline road bradb took below). My Outback had no problems with Old Como Road- though it was slow going for most of it.
Left the road about a half mile from the summit. Mostly just sparse pines on the ridge. The carined route through the ridgetop mahogany was a big help.
Nice clear day with great views down to the Sweetwaters/Ebbetts Pass/Hawkins/Freel/Mt Rose.
Could even see over to Pyramid/Tallac in Desolation.
Pics and commentary are here.
(Did Lyon from the same spot on the saddle last weekend. Done with Como for now :) )
Followed Old Como Road from Dayton to first set of powerlines, then traversed powerline trail to site of Como then followed road to saddle between Rawe peak and communications site. Bushwacked final few hundred feet to rocky summit.
5 people reached the summit in a long slog where we did not take the best route to the finish and ended up having to do some nasty bushwhacking. It took over 3 hours to reach the summit, with only a little more than 4 miles of total distance. The views are spectacular.