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From the trailhead at highway 82, head north up the well used trail #1996 that goes to Independence Lake, following along the creek. In a short distance, a trail forks to the left, just after crossing a creek, that leads up to Linkins Lake. Don't turn onto that one. Continue on up valley, following the trail which crosses back to the east side of the creek after a while. This trail passes through many willows. The old trail on the west side of the creek that the USGS map shows going to a pass between the two Geissler peaks is no longer in use. Continue hiking along the main trail with plenty more willows and then turn off at a sharp bend where the trail turns east to gain some elevation. This is about 1.1 mile from the start and just above 12,100 ft. Leave the trail and hike NW over lush and wet tundra toward Geissler West. Aim for a nice looking, tundra covered slope that leads to the ridge just south of the summit. The hike up to the ridge is an easy walk. Once on the ridge, turn north and scrambled over or skirt some rocky obstacles that guard the summit. Time to this summit is under two hours.
From the summit, you have a nice view of the Williams Mountains to the west. From Geissler West, the traverse over to Geissler East is a fairly easy task. You might as well include it in your day unless you're already dodging lightening bolts by this point.