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Mt. Williamson Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 14,375'
Location: 36.6561, -118.3111 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 24, 2006
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This massive peak to the north of Whitney and Russell, towers above Manzanar. It is the second highest peak in California.

There are no longer access restrictions related to bighorn sheep. These were lifted by 2011 at the recommendation of the scientists that had been studying them until then.

Getting There 

Take Market Street, west from Independence. After 4.4 miles turn left on Foothill Rd. Follow a right fork. Follow signs to "Shepherd Pass Trailhead".
Hike to Shepherd Pass.

Further reading:

Shepherd Pass Trail page on the Inyo National Forest website.

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 11.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Williamson

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Williamson:
West Face   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine   
North East Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c X     Trad, Alpine, 8000'   
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Featured Route For Mt. Williamson
Rock Climbing Photo: The North Arete III 5.4 3000'

North Arete 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  California : High Sierra : ... : Mt. Williamson
A long route guarded by one of the burliest approaches in the Sierra. When viewed from a distance, the North Arete is the prominent "long twisting rib" that descends from the West Horn sub-summit on Mt Williamson. A very obvious line from afar, but when viewed from beneath it is a very complex and confusing mountain face. I thought finding the start was the crux. See the marked up photos below, they may help locating the start. Considered one of the "100 Classics" by Moynier & Fiddler, I thought...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Williamson as seen from the summit of Mt. Tynd...
Mt. Williamson as seen from the summit of Mt. Tynd...
Rock Climbing Photo: Williamson Summit. Photo by Blitzo.
Williamson Summit. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shepherd Pass. Photo by Blitzo.
Shepherd Pass. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: West side of Mt. Williamson. Photo by Blitzo.
West side of Mt. Williamson. Photo by Blitzo.

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