An easy peak for those looking for a beginner's introduction to cross-country travel in the Sierra.
If you follow the northwestern ridge you will find a nice use trail. If you decide to continue on the trail to the lake first and then head up the slope, you’ll have to navigate through some brushy overgrowth. Although any approach is easy, the easiest way to attain the summit is to follow the northwestern ridge.
This short climb offers spectacular views of the Sierras including Northern Yosemite, Mount Conness, the lakes along Tioga Pass Road (Tioga and Ellery), and across to Mt Dana
To get there, follow 120 east through Yosemite. Look for the turnoff to Saddlebag Lake (just past Tioga Pass Resort). Turn left on this rough dirt road and follow it about 1.5 miles to the parking for the Gardisky Lake trailhead. Park here, then find the trail across the road.