Mt. Williamson and Mt. Tyndall are two of the most remotely located California 14ers.
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
Length of Trip: 4 Days
Difficulty Rating: Class 3+
$1100 per person
July 12-15, 2018
August 9-12, 2018
Private dates also available
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 towards 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. Mt. Tyndall is a much shorter climb. After descending back to camp we pack up and hike out to the trailhead usually arriving mid to late afternoon.