Mt. Williamson & Mt. Tyndall

Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall are two of the most remotely located California 14ers.

Overview

At 14,375’/4382m Mt. Williamson is the second highest peak in California behind only Mt. Whitney and the sixth highest in the contiguous 48 States. Mt. Tyndall is located close by to the NW on the opposite side of Williamson Bowl. At 14,018’/4273m it is the tenth highest peak in California. Both peaks are accessed via Shepherd Pass, which requires a long hike out of the Owens Valley floor starting at 6199 feet. Both routes are enjoyable climbs over trails, rocks, 3rd class terrain requiring the use of hands and feet, and some snow climbing depending on how much remains from the winter.

With the combination of fun climbing and in an isolated setting Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall are two of the most spectacular “14ers” in California.

Elevation: 14,375 feet, 4382m
Difficulty: Beginner
Length of Trip: 4-5 Days
Difficulty Rating: Class 3+

Cost

$980 per person

Dates

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Itinerary

The group meets at the nearby town of Independence on the first day of the trip. We will drive from here to the trailhead at 6199’/1889m. We get an early start to beat the heat and ascend the Shepherd Pass trail making our first overnight at Anvil Camp at 10,320’/3146m. On day 2 we ascend over Shepherd Pass 12,000’/3658m and turn south to-wards Williamson Bowl and camp near the base of the North Rib of Tyndall. The afternoon is spent preparing for our climb of Mt. Williamson. Our route is the West Face. Starting by headlamp this climb leads us up a series of rock ledges and chutes over class 3 terrain requiring the use of hands and feet. We bring a rope for protection for the more exposed sections of this route. After the summit we return to our camp where we cook up a hearty dinner and prepare for our climb of Tyndall. On day 4 we again wake early for our ascent of The North Rib of Mt. Tyndall which offers a fun class 3 route to the 14,018’ summit. Day 5 is devoted to packing up and making the trek back to the cars. We are usually back by late morning.

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING
__ __ LIGHT OR MID WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
__ __ SWEATER OR SOFTSHELL JACKET
__ __ SYNTHETIC CLIMBING PANTS
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE JACKET
__ __ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE PANTS
__ __ GAITERS
__ __ WARM CAP
__ __ SYNTHETIC OR WOOL GLOVES
__ __ WOOL SOCKS
__ __ LINER SOCKS (OPTIONAL)
__ __ T-SHIRT
__ __ SHORTS
__ __ BASEBALL CAP
GEAR
__ __ *PACK
__ __ *SLEEPING BAG WITH STUFF SACK
__ __ *SLEEPING PAD
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
__ __ *CRAMPONS
__ __ *ICE AXE
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *CLIMBING HARNESS
__ __ CARABINERS
__ __ *MOUNTAINEERING HELMET
__ __ *TREKKING POLES
__ __ *HEADLAMP
__ __ DARK GLASSES
__ __ WATER BOTTLES
__ __ POCKET KNIFE
__ __ WRIST WATCH
__ __ SUNSCREEN
__ __ LIP BALM
__ __ MOSQUITO REPELLENT
__ __ TOILET PAPER
__ __ TOOTHBRUSH, PASTE, FLOSS
__ __ SANDALS OR OLD SNEAKERS
__ __ EATING UTENSILS
__ __ CAMERA
__ __ PERSONAL LUNCH FOOD
*Items with an asterisk are available for rental from SMI.