Mount Tyndall

Mt. Tyndall is an incredibly picturesque peak. It's eastern escarpment falls away dramaticlly, giving it a shape that imitates many other peaks in the Sierra Nevada; Mt. Whitney for one. Directions to the Trailhead: From the town of Independence, California at the corner of Highway 395 and Market Street, go West on Market Street. Outside of town the road turns into Onion Valley Road. At an odometer reading of 4.4 miles turn left (south) on Foothill Road (dirt). At mile 5.5 follow the right fork (west). At mile 7.4 follow the right fork again. At 7.9 mile follow the right fork again. At 8.6 mile follow the right fork again. At mile 8.8 is Symmes Creek (Shepherd Pass Trailhead). The trail to Sheperd Pass is a long 10 miles in. It is recomended that since you are exerting this much effort, to also include Mt. Williamson in on your climb. It is well worth the extra work. The "Northwest Ridge" is the easiest route to the summit of Mt. Tyndall which is obvious as soon as Sheperds Pass is gained. It's easy class 2 climbing.

Elevation (feet): 14,018
Elevation (meters): 4,273
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.65
Longitude: -118.333
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1864
First successful climber(s): Clarence King & Richard Cotter
Nearest major airport: Los Angeles
Convenient Center: Independence

Thanks to Brent Harder for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 11 trip reports for Mount Tyndall.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #12693 - by Robert Donohoe on July 14, 2004
    Came up Sherherds Creek pass and stayed the first night at Anvil Camp. Cruised around the little valley between Tyndal and Williamson. Stayed at the little lake there and did Williamson first the...
  • Log #12694 - by Henry H on Oct 10, 2003
    The North Rib has great rock to go up and down. Cool summit boulder. Took two hours to get from the summit of Williamson to Tyndals.
  • Log #12696 - by Louis M Lenzenhuber on June 02, 2003
    Passed Tyndal by 4 times for Mount Williamson. Fastest route is up the rib in the middle of the north face.
  • Log #12697 - by Eric Skoog on Apr 21, 2003
    Was followed by a wolverine while walking away from basecamp at the lake between Williamson and Tyndal.
  • Log #12698 - by Skip Post on Apr 03, 2003
    I spent this October's vacation along the Kern River (which isn't much of a river this time of year). From the N/S Kern Canyon in Sequoia National Park, I branched off eastward up Wallace Creek and...
  • Log #12699 - by Marius Schilder on July 11, 2002
    4 hours round trip from Shepherd pass camp. Easy afternoon hike. Went up the crappy 2nd class Northwest Ridge, way too much big boulder hopping. We opted to descend the North Rib (3th class) which...
  • Log #12700 - by Dave Hess & Joel Debortoli on July 17, 2001
    Summited at 4PM on Thursday, July 12th with Rich Boyd and James Kolter after hiking in from Anvil Camp that morning. 14er #4 for me. We took the Northwest ridge route - which was the most direct...
  • Log #12701 - by Greg Arnold on May 23, 2001
    Great climb up the North rib. Did Williamson the Day before, hit Tyndall on our way out. Rob Mansfield along too.
  • Log #12702 - by Joel D. Goldberg on July 17, 2000
    An excellent class 3 climb up the North Rib. Nice fat rocks to provide safety but enough steepness to get the heart racing. The bad side....Shepherd Pass.
  • Log #12703 - by Stan Sattelberg on Jan 26, 2000
    From a camp near Shepherd Pass, I made a direct path to a minor rib in the middle of the broad face which afforded an easy scramble to the summit ridge. Back at camp at noon. After lunch I used the...
  • Log #12704 - by Brent Harder on Jan 02, 2000
    The approach to Mt. Tyndall via Sheperds Pass is the most difficult part of the climb. Nick Soelberg and I climbed it via the North side which is about class 3 climbing. The Northwest Ridge being...