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Southeast Side via Agassiz Col
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Southeast Side via Agassiz Col

 

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.11170°N / 118.53°W

Object Title: Southeast Side via Agassiz Col

Route Type: Scramble/Bouldering

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: Class 2-3

Route Quality: 
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Page By: sierradiscgolfer

Created/Edited: Oct 6, 2003 / Oct 6, 2003

Object ID: 159004

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Approach


Starting from Big Pine Road End(near Glacier Lodge) hike ~6.5 miles up North Fork Trail past 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Big Pine Lakes. We camped at the junction of the main trail and the Glacier Trail(to Sam Mack Meadow) just below 4th, but to shorten the next day one could continue on the Glacier Trail and Camp at Sam Mack Meadow(higher,colder and less morning sun!) From Sam Mack Meadow ascend the North wall near the water and follow the ridge to Sam Mack Lake. From the inlet to Sam Mack Lake follow the natural drainage to the frozen lake at the base of Agassiz Glacier below the Col.

Route Description


From the frozen lake below Agassiz Col traverse around the north side of the lake gradually ascending to the col. From the col ascend towards the peak keeping well below and on the right(east) side of the ridge. When you can see the final summit pitch make for the slight saddle just below the pitch and cross the ridge to west face. From here it's an easy boulder scramble. -NOTE- From below the Col the route looks like tough Class 3 but once you get to the col it becomes apparent that it is mostly 2 with some small 3 sections.

Essential Gear


None needed for summer months.

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justinjohnsenApproximate mileage and gain

justinjohnsen

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RJ Secor, in "The High Sierra," gives a distance of 9 1/4 miles and an elevation gain of 3,323' by trail from Big Pine Creek trailhead (7,677') parking lot to Sam Mack Meadow (11,000').



Checking out the area on Topozone, I can see the routes from the Meadow to Agassiz Col (13,100') climb 2,100' cross-country over 2 miles. The final stretch from the col to the summit (13,893') climbs 793' over 0.4 miles.



Total: 6,216' net gain (with a tiny bit more gross) over 23 miles round-trip.
Posted Oct 11, 2007 12:53 pm
sierradiscgolferRe: Approximate mileage and gain

sierradiscgolfer

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Hey Justin, thanks for the info. It really sounds pretty imressive the way you lay it out. I did it in two days making a base camp at the cut-off to Sam Mack (before Fourth Lake)
Posted Oct 19, 2007 11:14 am

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