Quickly crested the Bishop Pass area, headed south, passing the standard west slope talus scramble by a bit to the last (southernmost and largest) tarn near the official pass. Headed upslope from the tarn. Faced the center (maybe slightly right of center) of the west face and went up a large chute heading almost due east. The chute consisted of mostly solid class 2 rock (there were some loose rocks sitting around in spots that I avoided knocking down the chute) until a short class 3 section near the top and then crested the south ridge between the summit and the southern crag. Now with views of the east side of the Palisades dominant, I quickly traversed over to a saddle that joins the Agassiz Col route (Sam Mack/Big Pine approach) to the normal west slope summit route, listening to constant, disatant rockfall. After enjoying summit views, I went down on or near the standard west slope route on long, tedious, but fairly stable, class 2 talus.
Standard chute. Three hours up, from the sign at the Pass, two hours back to the Pass. Ammo box has no lid, and the register is totally soaked and unusable; both need replacement.
Great hike for a beginner with little to no experience. Fairly easy scramble up stable talus field.
More fun if you stay to the side of the chutes, where the class 3 talus is more firm. Amazing view of the Palisades.
Up the right chute with Rahil, Peter & Reza. 7hrs r/t from Bishop Lake bivy. High winds & 4" of fresh snow made for a scary night. Spectacular clear morning.
We hiked up from our camp at Saddlerock Lake. Great views at the top.
With nephew Rand. 2,000' of steep talus was a bear, coming and going. At least it was stable, mostly.
Pretty views from the top. With Mike Mellin.
For a non-technical climber, this is one of my favorite peaks, at least for the views. Climbed the west slope, very enjoyable solid talus from about 1/3 the way up. Way better than the stuff on the University Peak north face route. Jaw dropping views of the Palisades. Peaks go on forever in every direction.
Did this as a bit of a trail run from south lake. Went up the 2nd chute from the right as far as I was comfortable and then crossed over into the 1st chute from the right. Stayed class 2 all the way to the summit. Came down following the cairns and foot prints and had some class 3 down climbing below where I crossed on the way up. Beautiful day and wonderful views at the top. Car to car in about 7 hours. Not a record but good for this old man.
The summit log could use another large ziplock bag.
Great dayhike starting at 2pm at South Lake TH, fun scramble and really nice views of the southern end of the sierra on the summit. 8 hours roundtrip=good workout.
day hike from south lake via bishop pass. still lots of snow on the slope.
the summit register box is missing the lid. i put an extra plastic bag cover it.
Weekend overnight backpack to Dusy Basin, climbed Agassiz since it's right off Bishop Pass. Chased down the slope by incoming storm, but luckily no lightning. Stupendous views of the Palisades from the summit.
This was the first peak in the Sierra I climbed, and the first peak I've climbed requiring route finding or scrambling. Not sure which route I took, definitely reached some sketchy areas and down climbed a few times, circumnavigating to the north and climbing up again. Great views at the top! Definitely learned some good lessons about route-finding. Took a more or less class 3 route up, mainly some class 2 near the base, and glissaded down part way sans ice axe.
Magnificent views into the Palisades!
Dayhike up to Bishop Pass and then up the West Slope to the summit. Staying on the ridge to the right of the main chute offered some more solid climbing and easy, fun Class 3. Climbed Mt. Goode afterwards.
I suspect I will be back soon to tag the summit. I was in the area unexpectedly after some vehicle repairs were needed in Bishop and ventured over Bishop Pass from South Lake without doing any homework for peakbagging. After skirting around the west and south slopes and scrambling almost all the way up the coluoir between Winchell and Agassiz, the dogs and I were no longer eager to scramble up the west slopes on the way out. The views were great regardless. Snow is almost gone...looks like late August pics I see from others.
Kindof stuck to the ridge from Bishop Pass, made for some nice easy class 3 moves- and really enjoyed the view from up top. Had been missing this peak for a long time.
Great day! Great summit!
My first big sierra peak. Remember the view from the top like it was yesterday.