The angle of the open rock was a bit intimidating, but footing was pretty good, so we got a grip and climbed up.
We were very careful with our footing because the incline was quite precarious.
A great look in the distance towards Crane Mountain(L) and Mount Blue(R).
After enjoying the views and nice, refreshing breeze, we continued up the short remaining distance to the true summit, marked with a small rock pile.
Looking over the maps, we decided to continue on down to Buckhorn Ponds, a little under a half mile north of us. We had no way of knowing that we'd be descending down through thick brush, making that half mile seem much longer. The reward was nice though, as we found a small rocky shore to stop and enjoy lunch.
After lunch, we turned back, finding an easier way on the return ascent back up and over the summit. Here I am passing through some tall ferns.
We got back at about 3:30pm after about 8.2 miles and 1650 feet elevation gain.