For the unpleasant amount of elevation gain involved, Mt Pugh's summit is surprisingly straightforward to reach. Just make sure to turn left at the lake. We turned right and wandered in the woods for a little bit while we looked for the trail.
From the beginning of the trail there isn't much to look at as it climbs slowly and steadily upward. About a mile and a half or so past the lake the trail does finally open up as you start to climb toward Stujack Pass and the views begin to open up, providing a small relief from the roughly cut switchbacks.
Summit of Mt Pugh
From Stujack pass the trail just continues its steep ascent until you reach a few areas with some scrambling involved. From what I had heard from other people's trip reports I was expecting some more difficult scrambling. While I could see how it could be very frightening and difficult for some, I found it fun but slightly underwhelming.
The summit views were superb on this cloudy day, so I could imagine on a clearer afternoon they would be stunning. While the climb wasn't quite the thrill I was hoping for it was a great way to spend the morning.