Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2010 - 03:18pm PT
Has anyone walked up to the Agassiz Column in recent years? Going up this week and thinking of taking a look at it. I realize it's off the four mile trail, just wonder whether anyone has been over to check it out.
How long ago did you go? 30' tall, I want to see it. I thought it had fallen a long time ago - 'til last night, when I was searching for it. Was it really covered with brush/obscured? B i ø † ç H? It's beautiful. I could be mistaken, but I think I see a route.
A valley local told me that Agassiz Rock is known by climbers (of the Roper era) as "The Potato." Can someone confirm or refute this statement? Roper's green guide lists one route, Potato Masher, 5.4, with a length of 20 feet.
I would be interested to learn directions to Agassiz rock, so I hope that someone will post them.
The Potato Masher is another column off the FMT (not the same) , Agassiz is a little bit below Union Point . I looked at it in like '80 or something . I doubt it has fallen cuz that would make headlines of sort . Don't forget the camera , and TR when you get back .
"Here's how to get there. Its above the current Four Mile Trail (and just below the old Four Mile Trail, which was rerouted in the 1930s, I believe). I hiked up from the Valley Floor, but it's much easier to hike down from the top and back. At the point in the trail near the top where the trail switches from the west-facing switchbacks to the east-facing shaded part of the upper Four Mile trail is a viewpoint, not signed, but I think is near the old Union Point. About 100 feet up the viewpoint is a metal gate. Another 100 feet or so up is a sandy, east-facing slope above the Four Mile trail (on the right, heading up the trail). Carefully climb up the slope, taking responsibility for your own safety. About 20-30 feet up is the old Four Mile Trail. Stay on the old trail, which switchbacks up to the top of a ridge after 200 feet or so. The trail is covered with several inches of pine cones and needles, but is clearly visible and is free of brush on this segment of the trail. At the top of the ridge, on your right as you head up (north) is the top of a rock wall and Agassiz Column. It's surrounded by Manzanita brush and a few fir trees.
The old Four Mile Trail continues up, but becomes thickly overgrown after Agassiz Column. Carefully retrace your steps back down to the new Four Mile Trail after viewing the Valley and Agassiz Column.
The most difficult part is climbing up the slope between the new and old Four Mile Trail. It's sandy and you need to hold on to branches of trees and brush to head up or down. Be careful and remember safety is your own responsibility."