I did manage to scramble above the dry fall on the south ridge but got stopped by scary technical ledges. It's ok because even if I'd have made it, there was another 100 footer stop around the bend out of my sight that I was not aware of until returning and studying the area more.
So I just turned around and discovered more artifacts that I missed on the way up. I also just happened to discover the trailhead to King MIdas as I scramble up the north ridge looking across to the south ridgeline. I will use this trail in the future to attempt a hike all the way to King Midas and see if there is a way to connect over to Upper Keane Wonder from King Midas. It looks very steep and treacherous but maybe there is a bighorn trail or a miner's trail there somewhere?
This was not a wasted endeavor as I thoroughly enjoyed the views from the north ridge (which is the south ridgeline of Keane Wonder. Coming face to face with the bighorn ewe and her lamb was the cherry on top. I made a separate video about this. For now, enjoy this video created from my turnaround hike.
Hike halfway up King Midas Canyon, turn around at a 20-foot dry fall and then scramble up the north ridge with a view of the valley below and into Keane Wonder Mine Works. March 2019 Music by longzijun.