Williamson and Tyndall (California 14ers)

pics by Harlan W. S.
June 24-26, 2008

 

I packed to Shepherd Pass on Tuesday, then climbed Williamson and Tyndall the next day.

 

I’ve wanted to get out here for years, but always a greater need came up and I had to postpone my trip. This time, I decided to go solo, since it was much easier to obtain a permit for my unique schedule. I was also not sure that I would find too many people willing to do both peaks in the same day. Finally, I wanted to do some tight-herding.

 

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100k overview map with GPS traces.

The pink arrow points in the direction of the

Google Earth view.

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24k map close-up of the dayhike to

Williamson and Tyndall.

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A Google Earth view (no vert exag).

Viewing direction is ~SE, and

corresponds to pink arrow in

100k map. Shepherd Pass is by lake

in foreground; Williamson is at L, and

Tyndall at R.

 

 

 

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Trailhead, 5:50 AM, 6300’.

It was about 65F outside.

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Wild rose.

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View SW up Symmes Creek Canyon.

 

 

 

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View SW up Symmes drainage.

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Williamson is the high peak in back.

One cuts SE over the ridge that divides

the Symmes Creek and Williamson drainages,

near Mahogony Flats...

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…then loses 550’ to enter

Williamson Cr drainage.

 

 

 

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Waterfall in distance.

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The forested area is near Anvil Camp.

Note the waterfall.

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Sure looks like a great place to camp…

 

 

 

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…but it’s only 10AM, so I head on.

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View UP, at Shepherd Pass.

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Tyndall from Shepherd Pass.

One actually climbs up a “rib” on

the L side of Tyndall, and must be

careful not to slip in BBQ sauce.

 

 

 

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My camp. Charly and George set up.

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Next morning, I get up before sunrise.

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Williamson Basin was a horrible mess

of snow and loose moraine. Williamson

(with famous black stain) is center left.

 

 

 

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Sky pilot.

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The black stain; view up.

The correct chute is above the stain, and involves

1500’ ascent on very unstable talus.

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View back, 2/3 way up West Face chute.

 

 

 

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Go right of this landmark.

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View down the 60’ chimney (some say 100’).

The chimney looks tough, but the rock is stable

Sierra granite. When ascending, use a tight

“tunnel” on climber’s left.

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View S at summit. Whitney and

Russell in center. Just before 9AM.

 

 

 

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Lone Pine Peak is at middle R.

There was thick smoke haze from the

Olancha (and other) fires.

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View NW.

 

 

 

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Returning ~10:30AM; view back at

Williamson.

 

 

 

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Tyndall’s east face. See view of lake

From Tyndall summit.

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Now I’m looking WNW across Tyndall’s

N rib.

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Near Tyndall top, view ESE .

 

 

 

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View W. The summit rock is very narrow.

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View S.

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The lake we saw before, at the base of

Tyndall’s E face.

 

 

 

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Looking back to Shepherd Pass.

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My camp is out there somewhere. The

pass is below the cliff in the middle of photo

(on R side), just beyond the big snowfield

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Home at 3 PM. Charly and George

pack up to leave. I got some rain and snow that night.

 

 

 

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Next morn, one of the sun-cupped snowfields.

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Alpine Columbine >10k’.

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Monkeyflower

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Granite Gilia.

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Penstemon.

 

 

 

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Broad-flowered Gilia.

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Polemonium sp.

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Prickly Poppy.

 

 

 

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Wallflower.

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Tree-shaded trail.

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Prickly Pear at ~7500’.

 

 

 

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Mariposa Lily.

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Fuschia.

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More roses in Symmes drainage.

 

 

 

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Low-altitude Columbine.

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Onion.