A steep climb no doubt, but well worth every bit of effort. My first foray into real mountaineering before a long summer of climbing would ensue. Managed to drive from Everett, WA down to Shasta, climb and drive back in just 51 hours.
Taking off from Seattle and seeing Mt. Baker lit up in the morning sunlight on my way to climb this historic peak, was nearly cinematic. The climb itself was awe inspiring. The jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada's will not disappoint, but the standard route might be a yawn for the seasoned mountaineer.