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.
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.
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.
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
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
Beautiful day of climbing with Michelle Gomes and Dave Krenik, Sierra Mountaineering Club.
With R. Renteria.
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.
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.
Climbed the West Face route with David and Dennis. Holy cow this route is chossy, especially the 400ish feet prior to the chimney. It holds its own with Cascade volcano choss. If anyone asks if I'm interested in climbing the West Face of Williamson in the future, my simple answer is "Never Again". Now a winter spliboard descent of the East side might get my interest.
This beast is hard to access and a climb you'll remember and maybe even want to forget
Thunderstorm at Sheperd Pass. Thick clouds on the summit. All told, a good day on the mountain.
The first of three great failed High Sierra dayhikes during the summer of 2013. Attempted as a dayhike via Shepherd Pass. Made it all the way through Williamson Bowl and up to about 13,500 before dizziness and fatigue forced me to make the wise decision to turn back. This was my very first time off trail in the High Sierra and I didn't know it yet but I was falling in love.
Did the journey with two friends. Trail Head to Shepherd Pass on day 1, Shepherd Pass to Summit and back on day 2, back to the car in 4 1/2 hours from SP to Trail Head the next morning.
The Chimney was something else, I'm not much of a rock climber myself so I had to have a friend spot me on the way down.
Registry seems in good shape, ran into about a dozen hikers on the 2 1/2 days. Lots of people staying in Anvil, probably about 6 on our way back down.
Cool climb and the Class 3 chimney is fun climbing with no more than 10 feet of exposure. Fun stuff.
the easy class 3 chimney was a blast. camped at lake 3733 for an easy day.
Solo up. Nice to get out of the smoke from the Yosemite fire burning up north. Shepherd Pass is amazing and worth the hike alone.
Solo from camp at lake 3733. Perfect weather. Cloudy, cool, and calm. One of the Sierra's best, well worth the effort.
Long approach, long boulder hop across the bowl. Short class 3 section was invigorating. W/ Andy.
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.