Impressive summit situation between the North and Middle Forks of the Cascade River. It towers more than 5000 ft above the parking area at the end of the Cascade River Road.
The north face features a number of hanging glaciers (including the unmarked Sill Glacier) which often drop chunks of ice to the delight of hikers on the Cascade Pass Trail.
The first ascent was made by the "Ptarmigan Traverse Party" on their amazing wilderness traverse. They called the mountain "Elsbeth" at the time. Miners began exploring steep terrain on the north face in the 1890s. One such miner, Billy Murtagh, climbed technical terrain to reach his claim with the aid of spikes and holes drilled in the rock!
Name Notes: Named for the well-known city in South Africa. Johannesburg is the largest city by population in the country and seat of the Constitutional Court.