Mount Williamson Climber's Log

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slagerjon - Aug 18, 2013 4:21 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2013

Williamson/Tyndall dayhike  Sucess!

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.


CWessels - Aug 9, 2013 3:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2013

Via West Face  Sucess!

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!


Deb - Jul 28, 2013 12:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

West Face  Sucess!

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.

Ol Walsher

Ol Walsher - Jul 27, 2013 1:24 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

West Face black stain  Sucess!

From Shepherd Pass with Chad.


MelbaToast - Mar 25, 2013 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2012

Many times

Saw a big rattlesnake at the trailhead.

danblock - Feb 20, 2013 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012

West Face  Sucess!

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.


xharv - Jul 30, 2012 7:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012

West face from the Pass  Sucess!

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.


AdventureDoc - Jun 10, 2012 6:53 pm

Re: West face

Did you need crampons in the chimney still or is it pretty much clear?


pinch - Jun 7, 2012 1:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2012

West Face  Sucess!

This was a meetup hike. Two days, camped in Williamson Bowl. Light snow year. Great peak!


iditarod81 - Jun 1, 2012 5:22 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

West face  Sucess!

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.


Bill562 - May 31, 2012 2:24 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

West Face  Sucess!

With Murad, Oleg and Trevor in perfect weather. CA 14er #11.


krrt2000 - Feb 26, 2012 10:21 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1992

West Side  Sucess!

Via Symmes Creek and Williamson Creek. Lots of rain/snow, cloudy summit. Great trip.


MCGusto - Oct 28, 2011 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006

West Face  Sucess!

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!


MarekB - Sep 27, 2011 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011

West Face  Sucess!

Lightning and hail, a bit scary!

Mark N

Mark N - Sep 13, 2011 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2011

West Face  Sucess!

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!


rhyang - Sep 5, 2011 2:04 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

Long Twisting Rib (III, 5.4)  Sucess!

Soloed from a camp in the Williamson Bowl. Beautiful day, some clouds in the afternoon. Descended the West Face.


BrianChase - Aug 22, 2011 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2010

west face  Sucess!

sun and fun


Niels79 - Aug 8, 2011 9:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

West Face  Sucess!

The most strenuous trip I have done so fare! Hiked up from Anvil camp


SkyPilot84 - Aug 8, 2011 2:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

West Face  Sucess!

Followed Leconte's ("black stain" --> class 3 chimney) route from our camp near Shepherd Pass.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Aug 3, 2011 1:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011

Long Twisted Biotch!  Sucess!

Yep, no need to do this one again. Ascended via 'Long Twisting Rib. Just didn't live up to my expectations (sorry, LTR fans.) I thought the more memorable section was the downclimb from the West Horn. One more 14er ticked off.

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