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.
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.
None needed for summer months.
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