Mount Williamson Climber's Log

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Titus - Aug 6, 2021 1:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2020

Mount Williamson  Sucess!

Summited with Ben. This one nearly broke me.

Mstew354 - Sep 15, 2020 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2020

Williamson!  Sucess!

Awesome weekend just before the smoke came in


Fletch - Oct 3, 2019 8:46 am Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2019

fun fun fun  Sucess!

long couple days


Guilty - Sep 11, 2019 12:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2019

5th time from Anvil Camp to willy & Tyndall  Sucess!

Long 10 hour day for both summits of Williamson and Tyndall. Stop at one of the glacier lake for a quick dip in. Very refreshing for the second climb and get back to Anvil Camp.

lugosi - Aug 21, 2019 7:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2019

Holy Willie!  Sucess!

Read a lot about the bowl and the chute, it's as long and steep as described!
Feels amazing to reach the top of the chimney.


MBFN - Aug 10, 2019 7:31 pm

4th times a charm!  Sucess!

Hiked to Shepherd pass, summited in the morning and hiked out.


Donno - May 16, 2019 8:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2002

Shit Chute  Sucess!

Climbed Bolton Brown Route with Sung, Gary and Darren. Shit chute until the last 100' of nice 3rd class.


bennovak - Sep 15, 2018 11:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

West Face  Sucess!

A long day, but a whole lot of fun


triyoda - Jul 9, 2018 9:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2018

Class 3?  Sucess!

This was a pretty arduous summit, all the way up Shepard Pass and then traversing the bowl. The final "Class 3" chimney was pretty stout, seemed like class 4 at least. In any case, definitely felt like I accomplished something getting to the top of this one.

ocelo - May 30, 2018 10:08 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2018

Bad weather... and judgement

Spring is wonderful with snow but weather can be tricky.

We accidentally took someone’s blue nylon bag with glasses, electric shaver, etc from the trailhead container on 5-28-2018. Really sorry and need to return it!! Please comment or email me: ocelo4 at


spacemonkey - Apr 23, 2018 2:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2017

West Face from Shepherd Pass   Sucess!

Hiked in on Wednesday morning. Set out from the trailhead at 4:45am which felt too late. Should have started earlier. Hiked (climbed?) Williamson on Thurs. Bailed on Friday. Did not try to do Tyndall due to storms.


wdimpfl - Dec 23, 2017 1:44 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1972

Climb and circumnavigation  Sucess!

My UC Berkeley graduate school colleague, Chuck Mims, and I drove to the Georges Creek road's end, east of Mt Williamson, where there was a rude fisherman's trail to a pristine meadow at treelike. The next morning we continued cross country over the pass to the barren, lunar landscape past Lake Hellen of Troy to the western escarpment of Mt. Williamson, where we ascended the steep gullies to the summit. I remember remarking that I saw unusual spots in my vision, presumably from ascending to over 14,000 ft without acclimatizing. I remember Chuck saying he was experiencing the same thing. After descending the way we went up we continued to Shepards pass and down the trail back to the Owes Valley and a final "death march" skirting the alluvial fans, draining the East side of Mt. Williamson, back to our car. I had been to Shepards pass earlier when I did a winter ascent of Mt. Tyndal. Without the snow, it was interesting to see the bones of animals below the pass from the stock that didn't make it to the high country.

utclimber - Aug 17, 2017 10:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2017

Williamson/Tyndall dayhike  Sucess!

Started at Shepherd pass trailhead a little after 2am. Went up the wrong chute on Williamson which cost quite a bit of time, but summited at 10:50am. Climbed Tyndall next and back to the car around 9pm.

ljwoodw - Jul 10, 2017 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2017

West Face from Shepherd Pass  Sucess!

Enjoyable climb. Williamson Bowl is gorgeous, and the gully was loose, but low-angle enough that it never felt uncomfortable. Snow was hard but fine with crampons. Headed up two wrong Class 3 chutes at the end before finding the correct one (not that it's hard to find - I'm just bad at route finding). In my opinion it's most straightforward to climb all the way to the top of the Class 2 gully, then traverse over, rather than trying to choose the correct moment to leave the gully.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Sep 3, 2016 9:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

West Face  Sucess!

Great climb with Boisedoc. Between the long approach, long gully slog, and challenging chimney scramble at the end, this summit was well earned. Trip Report


boisedoc - Aug 30, 2016 12:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

west face  Sucess!

the route description on summitpost is good. The main gully is a slog and not terribly fun. The chimney was thrilling enough for me- easy but awkward climbing with enough exposure to get your attention (class 3 Sierra but class 4 by most other states standards. great views and great weather

bcrowell2 - Aug 9, 2016 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2016

fun climb  Sucess!

Beautiful day of climbing with Michelle Gomes and Dave Krenik, Sierra Mountaineering Club.


Romain - Jul 15, 2016 2:15 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2010

West Face  Sucess!

With R. Renteria.


SchwartzOn - Jul 15, 2016 12:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2016

Third time is a charm, and twice as nice  Sucess!

After one successful scout to Anvil camp, to get an idea of distance, and then being turned back by rain at the pass on my first real go, my third attempt was success. An early hike into the Williamson Bowl, followed by an early start made this an easy climb.

Stayed to the solid rock on the main chute, avoiding scree and loose schloss. Found the climbing to be similar to Middle Palisade, not much worse. Just not much of it. Happy for all the 2nd class. Climbed in cool shade, to pop out on the Summit of Williamson in Sun. Great views of George Creek, Mt. Whitney and Langley, and the Great Western Divide. Climbed the Second North Rib of Mt Tyndall the following day. Hardest route I could do. Plenty of good climbing on Tyndall, for any level.


Fairweather - Oct 14, 2015 12:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2012

From Anvil Camp in Whiteout  Sucess!

Uneventful outing up West Face until we reached the summit plateau. Then the storm moved in, and we were in a cloud, with rain and hail. The lighting held off until we were nearly at the top. With Todd, Devin, and Scott.

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