Mount Williamson

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Mount Williamson from near the foot of the North Rib of Mount Tyndall

The second-highest peak in California. The standard route has an extremely long approach.

There are restrictions to access at certain times of year, due to big horn sheep; more info at summitpost Williamson page. Here's a photo by Stephen of a forest service map that shows the closures: Sheep Closures.

Update December 2010: Williamson closure is no longer in effect!.

Routes

West Face

A class 3 route (so rated because of a short chimney section after climbing a long chute) with a long approach via Sheperd's Pass and Williamson Bowl.

NE Ridge

Depending on the start, this is either a long route, or an extremely long route. Secor calls it "one hell of a hard hike" (in summer). It's often guided in winter: see the SMC Winter Williamson page (they also have a PDF with more info) and a brief SMC trip report with photos.

Here's a winter ascent trip report by the pullharder guys.

Trip Reports

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