Some butt hiking caused an opening in a pair of shorts. Not wishing to dispose of the "seasoned" pair, I was ironing a patch over the opening while failing to realize the back of the iron was resting on the freaking shorts! For gosh sakes you idiot!!!
My so far fruitless search for an alternate way to the peak of Cat Mountain was finally solved today. This is about my 4th attempt at finding "the way" and not sure why. Chalk it up to lack of due diligence.
I once again park at the top of Sarasota Road, go through the pass between Big and Little Cat mountains as shown above. I've poked around on the slope at the base of Cat a couple of times and know there is a route but looks kind of sketchy so I....
.....get on the Explorer Trail which winds clockwise around Cat.
It's early and the views are fantastic as the sun rises. After about 4 miles, I spot a cairn indicating the start of the route to the peak. I start up it for a hundred yards and find it is easy to follow with lots of cairns if not an actual trail, to follow. It's getting a bit late and I'd rather do it next week with more fluids now that I know exactly how to ascend.
I head back and spot Starr Pass Resort in the distance. Going to visit that in a couple of weeks for a staycation. Finished with a little over 4 miles for this day.