Ajax was a great climb. There were some low snowfields on the Western side of the lake at 9,150 feet, hiding the normal trail. The standard route actually takes you past the Ajax summit and back up the South saddle and up to the summit. I ended up on the Eastern class 4 slope in part because it looked fairly attainable. The only issue was having to lift the dog up a few taller rocks/slides. Ajax provided a wonderful view in every direction!
To answer a previously posed question, I would say the normal route in Montana boy's post is about 1.5 miles if you stick to the trail.
What a great view. The trip report we read was confusing so we wasted time on a bad route, but eventually got on the right path. We followed a mountain goat for part of the way up. A great climb this time of year!