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This is a seasonal crag, and ice conditions dependent on the weather: Most likely an early season snowfall, followed by a warming period to melt snow then cold trend to make the ice. Aim for late Jan/Feb. Morning sun can melt the ice, so use good judgement in planning a back country trip.

Some of the ice in the area could be scouted from the summit of mammoth mountain, a keen sense of identifying features and a good pair of binoculars.

It's a ways backcountry for ~two pitches of ice and a long skinning slog up the road back to the car, but if solitude and off-the-beaten-path is what you seek, it's a wonderful dual-sport outing.
Road to Agnew Meadows is closed in the winter Details

Getting There

Park at Mammoth's main lodge, and skin to Minaret Vista. Ski down the road to Agnew meadows. If the ice is in, as you're skating across the meadows, it should be visible.

Continue across the meadows and down the summer trail area and descend to the San Joaquin River. Find a convenient place to cross, and finish skinning to the base. If the snow is good, leave some time to ski the couloir looker's left of the ice flow. You brought your skis...why not?

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