Warning: This route suggestion may cross private property. Travel at your own risk. If you come across signs warning of private property, respect them and try to locate a different passage. The property issues may come when you drop off the connecting ridge between UN13,540 and UN13,498 to the north into the east fork basin of Elk Creek.
Note: The mileage estimate and total elevation gain estimate for this summit include continuing on to UN13,498.
From the Rock of Ages TH, head south through forest and in a short distance, stay left at a fork where you may encounter a gate. Continue through forest for another mile, staying left at another intersection and begin ascending out of the Elk Creek drainage on some switchbacks through the forest. At a signed intersection in a talus field, turn left and gain elevation to begin your final exit of the Elk Creek drainage. You'll be heading NE through even more talus in order to contour around the ridge that divides Elk Creek from the Silver Pick basin. Continue following the trail into the Silver Pick and aim for the "Rock of Ages" saddle between Wilson Peak and UN13,540A. Try to stay on the designated route through the basin and avoid all private property. This trail access into the Silver Pick Basin was constructed in order to provide access from the Silver Pick to the 3 - 14ers. Those familiar with this access will recall the steeper hiking through boulder type talus and loose rubble as you approach the saddle. In early season, an ice axe and/or micro spikes may be useful.
At the Rock of Ages saddle, (or Silver Pick Pass as some may call it) the real climb begins. From here, your first summit is only a half mile and less than 500 vertical feet away. Ascend west along the ridge crest on mostly smaller chiprock and talus to the summit. You should arrive there in under a half hour. Easy said - easy done. Now you need to make a decision - either turn around and return to your vehicle by the route you followed in or continue west along this ridge to the next summit, UN13,498, and then exit by descending off that summit generally to the north to get back to the Rock of Ages TH. See the route description for UN13,498 for further details.