This hike was nuts. It was incredibly challenging. I have no clue whether or not I took the wrong route, or what! But around 5,500 ft or so, you lose the trail...hard! At this point, you can see one of the tall false summits, so it's easy to know/understand where you have to go atleast.
Again, I stress that this hike was strenuous for the fact that you, yourself are the one that dictates how hard you're going to have to work. You are going to encounter: 1) nasty scree 2) downed parts of forests (avalanches I assume) 3) Both 1&2 combined
Nonetheless, I saw lots of bucks and doe(s). It was incredibly gorgeous. When you start ascending the summit(s), the view only gets better. With spectacular views of Goat Mountain and Overcoat Peak etc. You even get an awesome view of Mt.Rainer.
The climb to the summit through one of the gullies( you'll know it when you see it) is a solid class 2 scramble. If you feel up to it, there's a possible climb called "East Thimble" which is recognizable with the green hues that cover parts of the rock; it's a solid class 3/4 scrambling with insane amounts of exposure, so please use caution.
Once to the summit, there's amazing 360 views of Rainer, Big Snow Mt, Stuart Range and my favorite for some reason, Big Red Mt. (Honestly the list can go on, there are so many things you can see when you get up top). Also, there is a mountaineers cache that still has papers from 2003. This tells you that this mountain does not receive as much attention as the other areas. Which is good, but at the same time, a shame because of the beauty it holds.
All in all, the hike was killer and I'm most likely going to do it again.
Overall Hike: 4.5/5
Difficulty: high 3 or 4/5