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Mount Williamson Trail

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Mount Williamson Trail is a 22.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Independence, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 22.2 miles Elevation Gain: 10,206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Inyo National Forrest/ Kings Canyon Sequoia NP. Came up Shepard Pass.Hike east towards Williamson Bowl, follow some cairns to drop down and cross the boulder field. Cairns mark a way across the boulders. Hardest part of the trail is the west face route rock chute, but you can try the Bolton Browning route instead, though more technical. Final crux is a class 3 climb with little exposure. Once on the summit plateau, follow a few final cairns to the south summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail 8/6/19, spent 3 nights above the pass, summited Mt Williamson and Mt Tyndall, then hiked back down. Quite manageable though a heavy snow year. Used microspikes to exit the pass at the top, but others didn't. Got lost on Williamson for a bit. Stay left after the black water mark. Tyndall was straight forward.

hiking
1 month ago

@Brian Jones Don't camp at Mahogany Flats or Anvil Camp. Too many mosquitoes and bears. We camped above Pothole (which still has some mosquitoes). In two weeks I plan to camp above Shepherd Pass, which will provide enough time for a realistic hike/climb up Mt Williamson and Mt Tyndall. Acclimate before entering this trail. Shepard Pass is around 12k feet.

hiking
1 month ago

Curious about camping and breaking this into a two day hike. Anyone done that? Where would you recommend we camp?

hiking
2 months ago

I am planning to do it on August 3.

hiking
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Tried to summit Williamson 7/21. Shephard's pass is still snowy and requires crampons and ice axe to get up safely (though my partner managed with poles instead of an axe). We got halfway through the Williamson bowl before encountering a big gap between snow and rock that we couldn't figure out how to cross safely. Someone with more experience/gear might have made it happen. We saw steep snow at the base of the rock chute as well, and considering the icy conditions at the time (and no mountaineering boots) decided to turn back. We did see a few people heading for the bowl as we were walking out, maybe they made it? I imagine in August or September it will be more easily passable. Amazing hike overall, definitely recommended, summit or not

hiking
2 months ago

Anybody do Williamson recently? I am going to do it the first week of August Thx TailSpin

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Rod - your assessment of Shepard Pass is poignant and I empathise greatly with your experience. I just got back from the Williamson Bowl yesterday, you can check out my full write up here: https://markvennerphotography.blog/shepard-pass-williamson-bowl/

hiking
4 months ago

We could not reach the summit. We did the hike on 06/06/19 at 8am with the hope of camping at Shepherd point overnight, we managed to get as close as 200 vertical feet of our destination but the base of Shepherd point was covered in soft very steep snow. We tried to find an alternate route up the base but ultimately were not able to succeed. We lost the trail slightly before reaching Anvil camp due to an avalanche wiping off the trail and had to navigate through nasty boulder fields and deep soft snow. Nothing about this mountain is easy. Even the creek/river passings were very difficult due to the abundance of snow. My suggestion is to wait until late July or August before attempting this beast. The snow covered base right before Shepherd pass is almost impossible to pass right now.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

This trail is also known as the Shepherd Pass trail. It's a fantastic trail and in great condition. If your car can't make it up the rough dirt road to the hiker trailhead, consider parking at the the stock trailhead, a half mile before the hiker turnoff. Then hike up the stock trail to join the hiker trail.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

A great 7.74 mile dog-friendly hike into a geological wonderland called Devil’s Punchbowl out to the Devil’s Chair, right on top of the San Andreas Fault. Located where the Mojave Desert meets the Angeles National Forest, the rock formations and landscape are amazing, and if you pick up the visitor’s guide at the visitor’s center or research it in advance, quite educational! (Date hiked: April 9, 2011.) Read the full write-up at: www.greeneadventures.com/2011/04/19/devils-chair-in-devils-punchbowl-straddling-the-san-andreas-fault/

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recorded Williamson

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Friday, October 12, 2018

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