Should I sign this as a successful summit ? I drove most of the way in my Jeep, eventually parked it and walked to the top. It's a pretty cool looking fire tower.
Drove to the lookout tower. 4x4 is highly recommended, especially last 200 yards. We then hiked to the summit. Very beautiful view. Lookout tower has been closed down.
Too many fires in the Sierras so we went north from Reno and had a nice hike. It was hot and humid.
We drove all but the last 200 yards with my wife and daughter and had a good visit with the lookout fire watchman.
Climbed the NE Face in April 2012. We climbed a snow and rock line nearly direct up the 1100' face to the fire lookout. I would rate the route II 5.0 50deg snow.
Also snowshoed up the class 2 SE ridge in March 2009.