We drove my Ranger all the way up to the lake. I don't recommend that - the last half mile is pretty steep and intense! There isn't a great place to car camp up there anyway. This is a beautiful area! Great lake, interesting mine, and gorgeous mountains! We did a pretty quick loop up the road to check out the mines and then over to the ascent route where we found the awesome "goat"/human trail up to the divide and then the rock hop to the summit. Really nice up there. Back down the trail, we then detoured over to the Albino Lakes before heading back to the truck. Just a couple few mellow hours to check out this area today but it would be great to come back another time and do something a bit more ambitious around here!
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!
Climbed from ridge on Copper head Idaho side.
Finally got into the area after a tough July fire season. Had a good time, friendly locals, perfect weather. What else do you need?