The second-loftiest point on the west end of Printz Ridge, Sear Point (8,587’) is on the ridge-crest southeast of and above Sears Lake. Because of its remote location, few people even notice this highpoint, let alone climb it. All but invisible from nearby trails along the creeks, this peak provides a perfect scenic backdrop for those who make the trip to secluded Sears Lake.
The best route to this highpoint begins at the Mill Creek Trailhead and follows the trail to the cut-off for Sears Lake. Although the cut-off may be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look, there is a well-defined, sometimes-maintained side trail to Sears Lake.
Once you reach the lake, find a path of your choosing through the trees and underbrush on the east side of the Lake. Ascend over talus and through plant growth toward the saddle west of the summit (directly south of the lake). Once on the ridge-crest, climb east over stable talus and boulders to the highpoint.—Michael Hoyt