This route description begins from the summit of Mears Peak and follows the ridge that connects Mears to S.7 to the west. We completed these two peaks from a base camp in the Whipple Creek drainage, south of the Mears-S.7 ridge, starting from about 10,900 ft. Mileage and elevation gain are only for a Mears - S.7 and return to camp scenario. So it's only about 1 mile between the two summits and then another mile to descend back to the suggested campsite. Additional mileage is noted on the "Approach" to this area which may involve a short backpack, however, this could be completed as a day hike. Because we also wanted to include S.6, we made this a backpack trip.
From Mears Peak, begin hiking west along the connecting ridge. If you've used our suggested route for Mears, you'll be crossing back over familiar territory for a brief while. The first half of the traverse goes fairly quickly and easily. The problem comes in the middle section, just beyond the half way mark, and continues until the ridge begins to climb in earnest toward the S.7 summit. Wherever we could, we tried to stay on the ridge crest, but when forced off, it was always to the south side. The north side of the ridge always drops off precipitously. At some points, it will be difficult to ascertain whether to stay on the ridge crest or contour below on all the very loose rubble. Generally, contour as high as possible and regain the ridge crest whenever you can. There are short stretches of 3rd class scrambling and a couple of short "catwalk" sections.
Once you believe you are past all the major hazards, start hiking back up toward the ridge or follow the natural slope upward to the summit ridge for the finish. Pause on the summit to enjoy the view, re-gather your wits if needed and then survey the connecting ridge NW to S.8. If you have a campsite and gear back down in Whipple Creek, then you'll have to return to S.7 to get back to your gear.
To descend, go back from the summit along the ridge eastward a short distance and then turn down a large and prominent couloir that tumbles down 2,000 feet back to the valley floor. It empties out just east of the old mine ruins and west of the good campsite area. The couloir is highly visible from the campsite. It does have some small scree for easier and swift descending in short sections, but is mostly filled with medium to small rubble that will slow descent until you're almost sick of it.
Additional Note: If you've already completed Mears and S.6 some time in the past, but have not done S.7, S.8, S.9 or S.10, it may be possible to do all four of these as a day trip from the same trailhead for Mears and S.6 we have described. From that trailhead, you would need to hike to the old mine up Whipple Creek and ascend S.7 using the descent couloir we describe. From the summit of S.7, you could continue NW to S.8 and follow connecting ridges all the way around to S.10 (UN13,020). From S.10 you could drop south into the headwaters of Deep Creek and follow out the drainage to pick up trail #418 that will led you back to your start point.