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Williams Peak in Autumn
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.02 - 09:21:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Skagit Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1640m
Participants: Don Funk, Greg Jones
Difficulty: 3: 3rd class
A climb up the standard route (Southwest Ridge) of Williams Peak, high above the Chilliwack River.
I had been up the Williams Ridge Trail four times in the last two months. I went up with Don a month before with the intention of climbing Goetz, Williams, or Northgraves (we were being a little optimistic with the latter), but had to retreat off Williams Ridge in snow, hail, and rain. A couple of weeks later, Gerry Kollmus joined Don and me in clearing out the Williams Ridge Trail. In particularly the blow downs, which Gerry's chainsaw made short work of. Add a rainy day solo hike up to the helicopter landing, and there are three trips in the area without even getting near the South Ridge.

With snow conditions being a little too skeptical to ski in, and the weather forecast for bluebird skies, we thought we could get one last dry scramble in before the snow started flying. Since we knew the trail was in good condition, we decided on Williams or Goetz.

When we were on the ridge two weeks ago there was quite a bit of snow, but the freezing level went up, and we were not sure what we were going to run into. I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally try out my snowshoes. I had purchased these a few years ago, and never actually used them, always opting for skis. So I attached these to my pack, not knowing at the time they would stay that way, disguised as dead weight.

I arrived at Don's house at about 6:45am, a little later than we would have liked, but that just meant we would have to hustle. We drove to the Williams Ridge Trailhead, and found a guy in a truck with about six whining dogs. He was speaking on a radio, and we could hear other dogs off in the distance....weird!

We slogged up the steep Williams Ridge Trail with no surprises. This is a great trail, and it wakes you up in a hurry. About an hour and a half had us high on the ridge viewing...

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