This is a heavily used MODERATE hike with steady ascending. It has outstanding views at the summit of Mt. Osceola [4340 ft.] To traverse the ridge and hike to East Peak [4156 ft.], is DIFFICULT.
The trail begins on a rocky and rough section that requires more time than might be expected, especially in wet conditions. It ascends the ridge, crossing a spring 2/3rds of the way up. It then climbs by short rather steep switchbacks to the summit, the site of an old fire tower.
From the summit, the trail descends steeply into the col. At one point, you have the option to “chimney” down a short rock face, or take an easier route around. There are lookouts to the north as you ascend East Peak. The hiking is steep and rocky. Leave an hour for this, one way. East Peak is a wooded summit marked by a small cairn.
Considerable time should be allowed in descending the East Peak. It’s a steep trail of loose rock and ledge as it leaves the summit along a narrow ridge. As it descends toward Greeley Ponds, it enters the Greeley Ponds Scenic Area, where camping and fires are prohibited. The trail ends at a junction with the Greeley Ponds Trail, 10 minutes from the beach at the upper pond.