Mount Howard is most often climbed on its south flank. One can reach Crescent Lake, which lies along the Nason Ridge trail from either Rock Lake or Merritt Lake. Once at Crescent Lake, walk around the NE side of it and ascend the slope due north. Although there is a formidable looking rock band half way up the slope, it is easy to find a way through it. Continue up to a large bench. From there, depending on conditions, one can continue directly up the south flank to the summit or traverse to the east to the Southeast ridge. Once on the ridge, follow it to the summit.