This provided a fun and short scramble up to the top. I was up and down in 36 minutes.
From here, I headed to the next goal of the day. This peak is one that is overlooked in the area, perhaps because it is only 8808 feet in elevation. But it is the place that a man named Enos Mills took this spectacular photograph from....
I signed the register, and set my sights to Noel's Knob. This 8460 foot summit is unranked, and not in Fosters book, but while I was in the area I decided to take a look.
The bushwhack continued as I approached the peak. At the base, I circled around, trying to determine the easiest way to the top. I'd read the eastern side held the 5.0 approach, but it looked a little slabby, and as though there might be a notch along the way. The south side was too steep, as was the north. The west side looked slabby. The the northwest approach, described here by Brian Crim, looked pretty solid at 5.4.
I descended towards Olympus until I hit a dirt road. I turned right on that and stayed on it for a short time before heading off onto a bushwhacky contour around Mount Olympus. This was the most intense bushwhacking of the day, with fallen timber and thick undergrowth. Some rock prevented easy movement here and there. But I eventually made it back to the car.
This leg of the hike took me longer than I thought it would, but I was still back at the car reasonably early in the day. Onto the next leg!
I continued down 34 until I got to Drake. I turned left onto 43, and drove about 2.1 miles up to find the Garden Gate trailhead on the left side of the road. Well, I drove by it the first time because I thought there would be a sign or something. It's just a dirt pullout, with a trail going through a fence. Here is what it looks like....
From Crosier, I headed nw and then finally cut west to get to West Crosier. This brought some slabby, rocky terrain, but the navigation wasn't too bad. Once in the saddle between the two peaks, simply head up over some dead fall. The summit comes soon enough.
Going back up Crosier was a bit of a challenge. I thought it was actually worse than heading down. I eventually got to a point where I was stuck, and had to traverse to an easier gully.
Heading back down was easy enough, though the trail is quite rocky in places.
At this point, I was feeling pretty tired and my motivation to continue on to 7778 and Sullivan Point was low. But as always, I did the math and decided that an hour and a little bit to go out and back was ultimately easier than spending a whole day to come back up and visit these points. Thus, I turned off from the Crosier trail at an appropriate place, and aimed towards these points.
While the topos show a trail from Sullivan Gulch that connects with the Crosier trail, I didn't find any evidence of it, despite apparently being quite close to it. I did find a thin, matted grass trail when I got closer to these two points.
There is some debate here, as one of these peaks is ranked, which means the shorter one wouldn't be. 7778 gets the nod on LoJ, and has been measured by someone there and estimated to be several feet higher. Another person noted that they found a register on Sullivan Point (I did not), but not on 7778. But by interpolation, the elevation of Sullivan Point is 7780. I used my phone and GPS device to take a measurement on both peaks. At Sullivan Point I got 7769 and 7773, which rounds out to be 7771. On 7778, I got 7772 and 7784, which rounds to..... 7778! Thus, I would say that 7778 is the ranked peak, and Sullivan Point is not. This is in line with what others have found.
Which ever is higher, both provided fun but short scrambles to the summits.
I headed back down on the matted grass trail, which crossed another trail and continued up. I followed the up for a short time before the trail seemed to end, and then turned north and slightly west to get back to the Crosier trail.