I'm looking for advice on the traverse across Iron Cap Mountain. I bought the Cascade Alpine Guide by Fred Beckey which shows a route around the north side of Iron Cap, between Azurite and Otter Lake and then heading back south toward Iron Cap Pass. My only concern with this route is it appears to go through some forested area that will require bushwhacking.
I've heard it's possible to go past Iron Cap Lake toward the gap on the NNE corner and around the eastern face. I've looked at it on Google Earth and I just don't see a safe way to get off of the mountain on the eastern side.
If anyone has done this loop and can offer advice I would love to hear it. We're planning to go the 3rd week of August so I'm assuming a lot of the snow will be gone by then which means loose talus.