As with all good climbs, it seems, there is a false summit and a real one — much like life. After clambering up about 700 feet from the trail split, we reached a level spot (more or less). This seemed like a good place to stop for lunch. We were not the only ones who thought so. Having rested our legs, we continued up another 250 feet to the true summit. The top of the mountain is roughly circular, 140 feet across. As you roam around on it, you can see several of the Alpine Lakes (Mason, Kula Kula, Rainbow, and couple that are not named). To the south, rising ethereally above the clouds is the snow covered peak of Mt Rainier, 40 miles away. … The climb down was less arduous than we anticipated; but we were definitely glad we had our trekking poles with us.