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Routes in Mt. Williamson

North Arete T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
North East Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c X
West Face T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Type: Trad, Alpine
FA: Joseph N. LeConte, R.H. Butler, E.B. Gould, T. Parker, G. Cosgrove, A. Elston, A.G. Eells, 5-10-1903.
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Shared By: Blitzo on Jan 9, 2007
Admins: Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

From the second lake in Williamson Bowl, the bowl between Tyndall and Williamson, head to the southern section of The West Face and a prominent rock band with black streaks.
Climb to the most obvious black water mark and ascend talus to the right of it. Climb a huge chute to it's top. Head through a small notch, overlooking Owens Valley. Traverse right to a narrow cleft. Follow this (3rd class) to the summit plateau. Wander south to the summit.
Use this same route for descent.
This is the most popular route on the mountain.

Location

Approach by Shepherd Pass.

Protection

Beginners may feel safer with a rope and a few pieces.

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Jim H
Pasadena, CA
Easy 5th
Jim H   Pasadena, CA
Easy 5th
There is definitely a bit of technical (low 5th) climbing in the top chimney. Nothing too hard, but low 5th for sure and defiantly above a scramble.

  • *I know that low 5th somehow equals 3rd class in the old old rating systems, but in terms of 2017 climbing ratings this is a low 5th class climb.
Sep 9, 2017