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Williamson Rock 


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Elevation: 6,700'
Location: 34.3635, -117.8797 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: jt512 on Mar 19, 2007
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Description 

With more than 300 routes from 5.6 to 5.13 and cool temperatures Williamson Rock is Southern California's premier summer sport climbing destination. The rock is an unusual type of highly featured granite that produces routes that reward creative technical climbing prowess.


Getting There 

Follow the climber's trail from the Williamson Rock parking lot, located about 1/4 mi. east of the Eagles Roost picnic area on SR 2 (Angeles Crest Highway). The approach takes about 15 minutes.


Climbing Season


74 Total Routes


['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',29],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',22],['5.11',26],['5.12',8],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Williamson Rock:
Mushroom   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Mushroom Boulder
Dream Speed   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   London Wall
The Labyrinth   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   London Wall
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Featured Route For Williamson Rock
The start of The Labryinth

The Labyrinth 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : London Wall
Originally bolted in 1990 an extension with a second seperate set of anchors was added in 2002. Long, sustained and powerful this route requires good core strength and the ability to pull down hard with good technique. Starting on a short slabby ramp to steep overhanging terrain on good flakes, crimpers and jugs to a short rest at the first set of anchors. Continue on for three more bolts on scary flakes to the second anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Williamson Rock Slideshow Add Photo
This was taken in 1984 way above the Voices Wall.   That year I would grab some of my Cross Country buddies and skip practice, drive up to Williamson and get as much climbing in before it got dark.   I taught them how to do a hip belay and we went for it.    Those were some fun times.
This was taken in 1984 way above the Voices Wall. ...
Jay Tanzman on Hellraiser.
Jay Tanzman on Hellraiser.
Williamson Rock viewed from Angeles Crest Hwy
BETA PHOTO: Williamson Rock viewed from Angeles Crest Hwy
A climber nears the anchors on Industrial Disease (5.10c), Williamson Rock  <br />
A climber nears the anchors on Industrial Disease ...
Chuck on The Hired Gun (5.11a), Williamson Rock
Chuck on The Hired Gun (5.11a), Williamson Rock
Don't Look at Me! (5.10a) at the Blue Velvet Buttress, Williamson Rock
Don't Look at Me! (5.10a) at the Blue Velvet Buttr...
1980's pre-bolting, up Wedding March slab and into the chimney, up that to the summit area.
1980's pre-bolting, up Wedding March slab and into...
Our Lord's Candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei), Angeles NF
Our Lord's Candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei), Angeles...
Williamson Rock
Williamson Rock
Williamson Rock Guidebook by Troy Mayr & Anthony Sweeney.
Williamson Rock Guidebook by Troy Mayr & Anthony S...
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By Eric Holden
From: Temecula, CA
Jul 25, 2011

Went out there a few days ago. Just went off a guide book and didn't know about the closure. Only one small sign near trailhead mentioned it being closed. We called the forest department and spoke with them. When asked when it might reopen they told us no time soon.

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Oct 30, 2011

Well, unfortunately, a judge has ruled in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit to force the USFS to extend the closure of Williamson Rock for another 3 years, beginning January 1, 2012.

By Brian Chastain
Mar 7, 2013

2 more years. I would like to hope the climbing community can band together to put up a legitimate fight this time around.

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
May 2, 2013

I wonder if the luminaries who closed this area understood that other crags hereabouts (SoCal) would be adversely impacted? Scientists tend to wear blinkers.

Holcomb Valley Pinnacles comes to mind.

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Aug 8, 2014

Hooray.....the "proposed" plan is for Williamson Rock to reopen in August 2016, with an open period from August 1 - November 15, a special permit system, limits of 90 visitors and cars/day, and a ranger onsight with citation authority.