Climb the peak with my mountain climbing dog. Since I don't have a nice truck and the water was really high from the late spring run off, I camped at the South Fork / Bear Creek confluence and walked the road up to Goat Creek. From there I headed up the the South Ridge and followed it to the top. I hit snow shortly before making it to the ridge (about 8500 feet) and walked on top of the snow all the way to the summit. It was a nice sunny day and a great view of the Sawtooths covered in snow. From the top I shot down the SE face sliding down the snow and angled into Bear Creek to walk back to camp. I wasn't able to find the summit register but have plenty of photos. It was a wonderful view to get a 360 of many of the major Idaho mountains, and the view of the white clouds and castle peak was unexpected. My photos of the trip can be found at http://zensites.net/pic/album.php?id=74
the south slopes are a nice straightfoward, albeit steep route. If you drive up Bear Creek, it is a pretty short outing. I would suggest at least high clearance for the Bear Creek Rd. The jeep trail up Goat Creek is fairly hardcore and I would want a second 4WD with me before I would try it. Surprisingly few people seem to venture up this peak at least based on the number of entries in the summit register
This was a pretty fun climb. I started out at the goat creek/bear creek intersection. I followed goat creek up for quite a ways then started to ascend up to the SE ridge. Once on the SE ridge it was a fairly easy scramble to the top. There wasnt too much snow, only around 1-2 inches in most parts, until you hit about 10000 feet or so and then there was quite a bit of snow but it was packed down, mostly icy, but easy to walk on. Summit was freezing and snow really started to come down, some water in my camelbak froze. Signed the summit log and went back down the south face into the basin then followed goat creek back to my car. Fun Hike and Amazing views from the top!