Above the gulley a trail of switch backs through the meadows is said to exist but we found just light goat paths that disappeared and picked up again.
You definitely earn this peak. Routefinding is pretty easy- go up, take the route of least resistance. Between the second and third waterfall is a 15 foot vertical wall of dirt and loose rock- when water is low, drop down to the right and find your way around it.
Once in the upper gully, stay left at every chance you get until near the top of the ridge. The cairns in the upper basin are pretty useless in my opinion, stay as left as possible instead. There are a couple small waterfalls to ascend if staying left, but it's nothing more difficult than you've already done.
Couldn't find the summit register if there was one. Awesome views to be had. Climbing up the gully felt like climbing in a convection oven, climbing back down felt like climbing in a microwave. 99.3 degrees in the shade on the way down at noon, I didn't stop long enough to take the temp in the sun.
In a nutshell? This is like ascending 3800+ vertical feet in a rock quarry filled with gravel over the course of roughly one mile.