Back in Mid January Katie, Silvana and I attempted this peak. Unfortunately the day before the predicted snow amount was double and the winds were extremely high so some spots had triple the amount of snow. Suffice to say we were 200m gain from the summit and the slopes were getting steep and we started triggering small slides. We had to turn around. I really didn't want to do this mountain without snow cover but decided to go do it anyways. I sent Ashkan a message and he was on board. The road is still in good condition and we parked right at the spot we would have to cross the creek, after that the forest travel is surprisingly good and there was even some orange flags here and there.
I'm not in the Trip Report mood to spoon feed people on how to get there, my reports are to show that it can be done, the pictures show you the terrain and what to expect so in the forest you do a rising uphill traverse, you will have cliffs on your right and a huge gully on your left and if you are lucky will kinda just blend into the big valley without much hassle.
The notch at the end of the valley is where you want to go, it's definitely foreshortened because it takes a long time to get there. Mainly because you are walking on massive boulders and then medium boulders. It could be one of my longest boulder field hopping trips. After gaining the notch you are now on the ridge. There is a report from SimonC and company that came up the full ridge, it seemed bushy hence why I decided to take the open valley and gain it half way. Samsquantch on Clubtread also did this route in 2019.
Heading up the ridge at the start is straight forward until hitting a bluff, it looked green and bushy to the right and steep, while there was a gully weakness in the bluff on the left, we took the left. Some minor scramble got us up it. After that it's rambling and then a small loss of elevation and then back up for the final summit push.
The summit was big and board and kinda boring for an exploratory peak but it was comfy. We had a 15min nap and then took some pics.
Down was uneventful until Ashkan decided to not follow the ridge proper and went for the sidehill choice. I was on the ridge proper and heard him yell something. It turns out he took a 25 foot tumble on some steep nasty loose terrain. He hit his head on something just above his eye but luckily it clotted fairly fast so it was more cosmetic than deep. We gave him a rest, got some sugars in him and then carried on.
Back in the boulder field was pretty depressing, you can't make up anytime on them and have to stabilize your body every step, I was actually looking forward to the stupid steep forest. The footbed was so dry and soft we were ripping down the forest.
Back at the truck, we cracked the beers and celebrated.