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.
We started up the wrong chute (right of the standard route) but then traversed over about 2/3 of the way up. After summitting we took the standard route back down. Stunning views up top!
Wow, what a view of the Palisades! I highly recommend this one.
It looks like we climbed it the day after Mrolph.
A great day hike from South Lake. I got bored with the loose rock in the center of the gully and climbed out to a rib between the gullies (class 4 to gain the rib then class 2-3, fairly solid rock) then follwed it up to where it petered out several hundred feet below the summit. Great view of the Palisades!
Climbed the middle gully facing west on Agassiz. A relatively easy scramble after 500 verticle feet of loose scree and talus. Class 2 - 3. "Popped" up to the summit ridge at 13,600 feet and walked to the summit. Very warm (80 degrees) at the summit and calm. Spectacular views!
This is a rather easy class 1-2 route from Bishop Pass that takes just over an hour. The view of the Palisades from the top is well worth it.