After climbing from Bishop Pass, a straight forward class 2, Agassiz rewards with a spledid veiw of the Palisades. I summited on the first day of my '04 loop trip from the Bishop Pass trail, over Napsack Pass, and Potluck Pass, then returned via the JMT to the Dusy basin trail and return.
I took Matthew's suggestion and headed up the 1st righthand chute on the West side. Once I obtained the chute the rock was very nice class 2-3 all the way, a much more enjoyable climb than expected. I stayed toward the ridgeline to keep the difficulty up, but near the top it is possible to exit the chute via class 2.
A steep class 2 route with lots of scree and talus. Snow in the chute made climbing a little difficult. Had to move to steeper sections (almost class 3 but not really) to avoid most of the snow. View from the summit was spectacular!
Jim Browsky must wear a cap.
made it to the top in 2hrs and 15 min from South Lake,could of broke 2hrs if I hadn't stopped to talk so much
This was my first summit and I enjoyed myself very much.
I could not resist to bag this one on the way back from Dusy Basin. After missing the right chute, I ended up scrambling over a Class 4 headwall before reaching the summit ridge. 1 hr 20 min up and 50 min down (from/to Bishop Pass). What a view!
Addendum: I ran into bennovak(see below) on the summit not knowing that he is also an SP-er.
A real nice day hike and climb. The rock up the typical shoot close to the pass is stable and the view of the Palisades from the summit is incredible. You can hear rockfall from the palisades. Long lake and Saddlerock have plenty of Brook trout in them and the Dusy Basin lakes have some Goldens. Not a bad idea to bring a fishing pole.
Day hiked from South Lake. TH-summit in 3hrs50min.
Amazing day for a great climb - no clouds, no tstorms. Left TH at 5:50, Bishop Pass at 8:00. Took one of the West Face chutes just S of main chute and then slogged to a smaller rib to get to some fun class 3/4 rock. Summit at 10:40. Spent an hour there gawking. Back at TH at 4:30 PM. We were the guys who ran into Diggler on the way back, but were too frazzled to give good info. All in all a great summit and plenty of fun variations on the W slope.
Came in from South Lake Trailhead for the day. Nice view of the Palisades. Watched a big storm come in and dump on the lakes below. Cool!
Day trip from Bishop. The view along the Palisades from the top is outstanding.
From the frozen lake below Agassiz Col it looks like tough class3 but it isn't too bad once you're up on the slope. Follow my route description. Winchell looks tempting. So many Palisades peaks, so little time.
Took advice on SP page - followed one of the chutes to right. Fun scrambling with some interesting sections on an otherwise boring rubble climb. Great views of Palisades and into SEKI.
Puzzle Pass to West Slope.Descent via Southeast Face,South Ridge.Solo
A couple of inches of fresh snow made this climb a littlle more exciting than it otherwise would have been.
Did this as a day hike from South Lake. My wife stayed below the pass while I bagged this fun scramble to the top. Terrific views!
Spent the night at Saddlerock Lake, then bagged the peak the next day. Almost entirely firn snow from Bishop Pass. Fun! Great view from the summit.
A group of 5 (Taras Usyk, Elena and Rinat Shagisultanov, Olga and Alex Kizler - San Diego/LA) hiked up on the snow up to the base camp @ Saddlerock Lake (~10900 ft). We used the snowshoes from the Long Lake. Next day, we hiked up to Bishop Pass and started blimbing the NW section on directly to avoid the scree and talus on the regular West slope. We used the chute to next to right of the Y-shape one that ends with the small glaciated section. Most the route is class2 with some class 3 moves. Riched the summit in the threatening conditions (snow and blizzard) that finally cleared when we summited @ 2 pm. We downlclimbed the route that appeared to be tge West slope (a lot of scree) and had to use the crampons and ice axes on the hard snow. Returned to the base camp @ 6 pm and hiked out next day undr the clear skies and spring-like sun. The viewes of the Palisades, Dusy Basin and Goode are great. Excellent moderate winter trip.
As of Nov 29, the South Lake Rd was closed @ Parchers Resort, so it added extra 3/4 mile to the South Lake TH.
After climbing Lamarck out of North Lake in the morning, I headed down to South Lake to get Agassiz in the afternoon. I chose the "wrong" chute (on the far right side), which worked out well as it was a surprisingly enjoyable scramble. Beforehand, I'd had hoped to climb Goode on the way back as well; those plans were a tad ambitious.
Came back in Sep 2004, both to pad my SPS stats for the year and as a warm-up for a more ambitious Joe Devel/Pickering/Newcomb dayhike the next day. I just headed straight up the talus slopes on the left this time--much quicker than last year's chute, but not as much fun. Weather looked ominous, but I made it up and down before the clouds developed into anything more than some light snow flurries.