Taken from the northeast, Photo #1 and Photo #2 show Spread Eagle’s east ridge and some of the route. From the trailhead (Photo #3), follow the trail west along fenced, private property to reach a trail junction - Photo #4. Do not turn left or right on the Rainbow trail - continue straight towards Gibson Creek. Hike another 0.3 mile, cross the creek near 9,400’ (Photo #5) and continue west - Photo #6. After 0.75 mile the trail curves left as you continue higher into Gibson Creek - Photo #7. To reach the east ridge, pick your turn-off by leaving the trail and climbing south up through the forest - Photo #8. You won’t find a trail leading up to the ridge so be prepared for some steep hiking in the trees. Hike south to reach the crest the east ridge - Photo #9.
Turn right and continue southwest up the forested ridge to reach tree line, near 11,800’ - Photo #10. The ridge narrows (Photo #11) as you approach 11,900’ and the views open up to the south and southwest - Photo #12. Turn right and follow the defined ridge west-northwest as the remaining route comes into view (Photo #13), near 12,000’. Continue to a saddle at 12,100’ (Photo #14) and terrain that’s a bit more difficult - Photo #15. Stay near the ridge crest and continue higher (Photo #16 and Photo #17) to reach a broad, flat area below a distinct point on the ridge - Photo #18. Sorry, it’s not the summit.
From 12,700’, hike 400’ to reach the top of the point and a view of the upper east ridge - Photo #19. The remaining ridge is rugged but not as bad as it first appears. Continue west along the ridge (Photo #20) and bypass a few rugged portions on the right to reach the final pitch - Photo #21. Climb up to the summit - Photo #22.