Well, we did Alpine Col since it's a much quicker way to Piute (which we headed down to resupply and relax after a very long seven days in snow). It was almost all snow on both sides, except some rock near the top. It was a snow slog up and a glissade down. So I can really say much about what it would be like without snow. Like most of the passes on the SHR, it looks worse from a distance.
But remember that these Sierra passes can hold snow on the north sides for a long time, and if there isn't a snowy runout at the bottom, they can be awfully dangerous to descend (if you slip). That's where the ice axe comes in handy - preventing a slip. If I'm in the Sierra on snow, I want to have one - they make very light ones. I use an old Cassin Ghost 70cm. If you have one, definitely learn to use it correctly, and practice!