Alpine Pond is just a short walk beyond Devil's Thumb Lake and will take you to the Pass at the top of the divide. Upon until this point the ascent has been fair gradual. But if you want to continue to the pass, be prepared for a short, but steep walk. We were unable to make it all the way as we were running short on time and it looked as if an afternoon storm might set in.
Whatever you choose to do, you will not be disappointed by the view all around.