ApproachThis is a 3600’+/- ascent day
. Proceed down to Wedge Pond and immediately head left into the woods following an animal trail or two to achieve a well worn trail next to a drainage (high volume running creek in June, 2004) that heads south. Continue straight for the northwest ridge.
The northwest ridge runs right into the upper mountain. From here, simply pick a route staying close to the right skyline which dumps onto another laid back portion. There are several cairns and you easily top out on the northern point. Proceed southeast to the summit end of the relatively flat top. No serious crux on the ridge, but one should, as always, take caution traversing certain spots. Same for return.
There was a register in June, 2004. You gain a great vantage point of the Opal Ridge Traverse, which is on this web site and a highly recommended scramble objective.
To the east you have good views of front range peaks and ridges. I enjoyed a multitude of wildflowers on the ridge including Rock Jasmine
Normal hiking paraphernalia, helmet, bear spray, gaiters and alpine ax for any remaining snow and helpful for the scree as well.