Follow the description for the Southwest Ridge
to get you to the summit of Highland Peak. It is best to traverse from Highland to Silver rather than the other way, as the ascent of HighlandPeak is easier (less loose material) than that of Silver Peak.
The traverse from Highland to Silver Peak follows the obvious ridge connecting the two. With only 700 feet of elevation loss/gain, it is an easy and scenic 1.5 mile pleasure hike. All the effort is in gaining the summit of Highland Peak, and this affords a great reward if you have the extra time.
The descent of Silver Peak can be done on the west side
facing Noble Canyon. Choose your route carefully and it is no harder than class 2, and there is very little bushwacking required on the cross-country return. As you look down from the west slopes near the summit, you will see an obvious ridge that curves to the right (north) as it nears Noble Creek. Aim for this ridge and follow it for minimal effort (bushwhacking). You can cross the creek and pick up the trail on the other side at any time, or continue cross-country until you nearly reach Highway 4. This map
shows one variation that was quite enjoyable.
None needed, other than sturdy hiking boots. A pair of short gaiters can be helpful on the descent through the sandy chutes.
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