This is not an early season ascent, however, since the start of the uptrack requires one to ford a serious tributary of the Castle River (see notes on access).
The primary difficulty is finding the uptrack on the Castle road. There are two possibilities: continue across the wash-out on foot and with GPS at the ready, watching for an overgrown remnant of the old supply track leading to the fire lookout (as shown on the topo); or back-track a ways (on foot or in your vehicle) to an open area to the E; in the middle of this open area is a dirt-bike scar (GR 943-669) - simply follow this straight up the side of the hill.
At the crest of the hill (where there is a line of dense trees), turn right and follow the crest back SE . . . there's a remnant trail here . . . until you intersect the old lookout uptrack (GR 946-667). It is now a fairly easy business to follow this trail up for over 1500'. There are, however, points where the trail vanishes into undergrowth or is clogged with new growth greenery - the trail is still there, but it's a bit of a momentary thrash getting through the alders. Eventually the trail emerges onto the NW side of a deep drainage and in the midst of an old burn; from here it's an easy slog to the open area at GR 960-677. Be sure to enjoy the plentiful flowers along the way.
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