Set up base camp at Shepherd Pass on 1st of 3-day trip. Went up Williamson on day 2. All landmarks were easy to find and navigation was less challenging than it is made out to be. Even the Bowl wasn't too bad. Chute is long and tedious, but eventually gives. Was ok going up the chimney; had to take my time on the way down. Exhilaration while standing on the summit taking in some sweet views. Aiming to do Tyndall on day 3, but storm had other plans and we hiked out instead.
Ascended west face via chute (from hell) wish there was a chimney from toe to summit. I thoroughly enjoyed the chimney, by far the best stretch of the ascent! Easy class 3 with plenty of protection(if middle pal is 3, this is 2 at best). The chute was long and arduous, but that was after the approach, Tyndall and the bowl so perhaps with an advanced basecamp it would be more mild. Car to summit in just under 11 hrs. Car-to-Tyndall-to-Williamson-to-pointless flat switchbacks that never end-to-car ; 18 hrs.
All in one very long (19.5 hr) day from the trailhead. Though others have said the Williamson Bowl and the class 2 chute are hellacious and unpleasant, I actually enjoyed both; but the black stain direct and the chimney were definitely the highlights of the trip (if only those sections were longer!). Williamson is a gorgeous mountain and the views from the summit are absolutely stunning.
I'll add that the author of the route description for the West Face route was very thorough and accurate. A printout of it is the only beta I brought with me to the mountain, and never once did I feel lost or confused. Thank you Summitpost!
Thrilled to have actually reached the summit after a failed trip via LTR 2 yrs ago. Enjoyed the "chimney" through the rain and loved the view through the clouds.
From Shepherd Pass with Chad.
Saw a big rattlesnake at the trailhead.
Early morning ascent from our camp at Shepard's Pass. Two meetup groups were on Williamson, and there were many successful summits. It was a long day though, up at 3am, and back home in Sacramento around 2am.
A solo round trip from a base camp at Shepherd Pass, a total of ten and a half hours. Some 60 to 80 parties have summited this year so far. Hard to tell, because there are two notebooks in the register box; some people sign up only one, others use both. The Chimney was fun after that incredibly tedious and long chute. Found a dark blue Mountain Hardwear jacket with a water bottle in one of its pockets near the "black stain" (left it there). There were no other climbers on the mountain that day, so it must have been left or lost some days earlier (or much earlier?). Trip report.
This was a meetup hike. Two days, camped in Williamson Bowl. Light snow year. Great peak!
We had great weather but it still took literally all day. Phenomenal views from the top, exquisite terrain, and really enjoyable 3rd class terrain in the chimney.
Did you need crampons in the chimney still or is it pretty much clear?
With Murad, Oleg and Trevor in perfect weather. CA 14er #11.
Via Symmes Creek and Williamson Creek. Lots of rain/snow, cloudy summit. Great trip.
with dave s up the west face (chute) from williamson's bowl. Supposed to be a link-up with Tyndall, but I didn't have it in me!
Lightning and hail, a bit scary!
On solo trip met Ryan & Dave from UCSB in the bowl & we climbed together. Father & son team Joel & Brody caught up on route & we all summitted together. Great day!
Soloed from a camp in the Williamson Bowl. Beautiful day, some clouds in the afternoon. Descended the West Face.
sun and fun
The most strenuous trip I have done so fare! Hiked up from Anvil camp
Followed Leconte's ("black stain" --> class 3 chimney) route from our camp near Shepherd Pass.