Thanks for this page Bob! I just happened to open it the day before my trip last weekend... was wondering why there was both a west slope and west slope south ridge page. So glad I looked! I headed up from the lake as I was hiking out and kept right knowing that once I got to the ridge I'd be able to make it back north.
I wouldn't call it class 5 or even really class 4, but I guess it would be if you stuck to the tip top. I was never more than 6-10 feet from the crest but I didn't drop down to the slopes below. Then again... I am a bit slower and inquisitive about which way I head about ;-) Going via one side or the other at certain points would certainly up the rating.
Was the highlight of my day.... thanks!
It's great to know the page has been useful! I definitely got onto a touch of 4/5 atop the crest, but I was actively trying to make things harder just for fun that morning.
I'll be back out that way next Tuesday, I think. I'd like to see if I can get to the Center Basin Crags from that side. Going from the lake to the pass is the idea. From there, who knows...