Williamson Rock is under a temporary closure to all recreational uses, including climbing, pursuant to a ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the area is critical habitat for the endangered yellow-legged mountain frog. Efforts by the non-profit organization Friends of Williamson Rock, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, are underway to regain climbing access to Williamson. For information on the status of these efforts, and to learn how you can help, contact the Friends of Williamson Rock: williamsonrock.org
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Hidden from view and guarded by a steep hike which goes up and then back down is this cool north-facing wall which sits below the Generation Wall and above the top of the Waterfall Wall. The wall is broken into two halves, an upper and lower area, each with it's own flavor. The left side is steeper and is where the more difficult climbs are located while the right side tends to be slabby to vertical and is where the easier climbs are found.
With over a dozen routes here from 5.9 to 5.12c you can spend a pleasant day here climbing high above the crowds and confusion of the lower areas. Recommended routes here include Broken (5.10c), Stormin' the Castle (5.10d), Pretty Hate Machine (5.11d) and Secret Garden Variation (5.12a).
Approach as for the Generation Wall but continue past it down the approach gully where the routes will be on your right. Another option to approach this area is to climb Wicked Chimney to the top of the Waterfall Wall which will save you a lot of walking. The approach takes roughly 30-45 minutes from the closest parking area.
This is a really good route up a slightly less-than-vertical face which will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Approach up an easy two bolt slab (5.6) and belay or do it from the ground in one long pitch....[more]Browse More Classics in CA