The southeast slopes provide one of the few winter routes to a summit known
in the Sawtooths. The open nature of the terrain lend itself to
exceptional backcountry skiing. In the summer, these same slopes make for
a difficult slog up to the ridgeline. The going is difficult once your
above Marshall Lake and onto the south facing terrain, where small scree on top
of sand will challenge the strongest leg muscles. Once onto the summit
ridge, however, the going is on more solid rock and the views are
tremendous. The June
Couloir Route on Williams
looks daunting from this aspect. Merritt
Peak, one of more challenging route finding problems in the range is
also viewable. The west summit is taller, but the east summit is more technical and
Southeast Slopes (Class 3)- the easiest way to summit involves
cross country travel east of Marshall Lake. Stay south of Crown Point's
serrated East Ridge and look for the gaps in the ridges that lead to a prominent
notch just north of the June Couloir on Williams Peak. Ascend the south
slopes from this point with challenging scree slopes. Bypass the East Summit to
the south to get to the true west summit. The impressive east summit
requires short Class 4-5 climbing.
All Routes From Redfish Lake Backpackers Trailhead: 6.5
miles and 4238 feet gain (one way)
"It occurred to me that anyway one more Sunday was over, that Maman was buried now, that I was going back to work, and that, really, nothing had changed."
--Meursault in 'The Stranger'