All photos from this trip can be found here.
Elevation gain of this climb was insane, 6,000+ feet over 3.5 miles. Once leaving Gorge Creek Falls parking lot, it was nothing but up, up, up. I brought a rope in case we needed to rappel off north side of Point 5872, but that turned out to be unnecessary when snow wasn’t present.
Without snow, the gully crossing at 3,600′ was brushy, but things started to look more promising once we got to the granite slabs at 4,850′. Terrain tapered off for a bit on the ridge until after we got down onto the notch north of Point 5872. There terrain steepened once again.
Ridge line seemed to go on forever on this mountain, similar to that of Mount Ross right next door. When we got to south ridge at 6,300′, the rest of the route was visible for the most part except the summit. We needed to get around a few places with cliffs while avoiding snow on east edge of the ridge.
Parts of the summit was covered in snow, but easy to see where cornices were so we could avoid. Views into Southern Pickets and the Snowfield group just got even better from here, absolutely breathtaking. I had been waiting for this moment to get a shot of Diablo Lake with Ruby Mountain in the background, and that for sure was icing on the cake. I allowed for ample time on the descent to get back to the brushy gully crossing before dark and headed out.