Type: Trad, Alpine
FA: Clarence King and Richard Cotter, 1864
Page Views: 2,274 total · 16/month
Shared By: Josh Hibbard on Mar 23, 2007
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This is a decent 3rd class route to the summit as an alternative to the class 2 Northwest Ridge. The Rib offers much scrambling and boulder hopping until you reach the airy ridge and follow it up to the summit. This mountain has a striking view all around and makes one feel as though they are in Giant country.


The rib is clearly seen in the pictures below. The descent is the same as the ascent.


The faint of heart may want a hip belay in sections, but this is clearly a 3rd class route.


San Jose, CA
rhyang   San Jose, CA
If free of snow (fairly obvious from approach), the slabs to the right of the rib proper are much cleaner. Class 2-3 friction. Sep 5, 2011
Rob Donnelly
Riverside, CA
Rob Donnelly   Riverside, CA
Much better than Williamson's scree filled west face. vimeo.com/29966416 Apr 12, 2012
Mike Tsuji
Boulder, CO
Mike Tsuji   Boulder, CO
Not a bad scramble. Obvious, fun line to the top Sep 9, 2012
Aaron Slaven
Fresno, CA
Aaron Slaven   Fresno, CA
Compared to the Northwest Ridge, this is a far better route. A buddy and I ascended the NW ridge. I eventually bailed off the ridge and cut across slaby face to meet up with the North Rib. My buddy finished the NW and agreed that we both would go back down the North Rib. Once it was all said and done at the bottom we both agreed that the North Rib was a far better route than the NW ridge. More direct, cleaner, and better views. Sep 15, 2016
Derek Field
Derek Field   California
One of the better class-3 scrambles I've done. (up there with Russell's east ridge) Jul 13, 2018
Forever Outside
Los Angeles, CA
Forever Outside   Los Angeles, CA
The rib is ok but the traverse to the summit is quite fun little scramble! Jul 29, 2018
Chris Schroeder
Livermore, CA
Chris Schroeder   Livermore, CA
I had a blast staying on top of (not to the right of) the NW Ridge, which I believe involved some at-least-4th class up- and down-climbing (I then strolled down the hump called the North Rib to return to the Williamson Bowl). Why doesn't anyone seem to mention this great option (except maybe a handful that complain that the NW Ridge is too hard to be called 2nd class)? Aug 5, 2018