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Mt Williamson any advice for a two days trip ?
#59223 08/25/21 06:35 AM
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Any advice on a two days trip to Williamson we have permits for this weekend thank you.

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LUIS DE LA ROSA #59224 08/25/21 07:17 AM
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Camp at Shepherd Pass. Be sure you know the route up Williamson. Bring N-95 masks to protect your lungs from smoke.

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LUIS DE LA ROSA #59225 08/25/21 07:32 AM
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Take a look at my recent trip report.

Getting to the trailhead (Shepherd Pass) can be tricky, both in terms of finding it (Foothill Rd) and navigating it.

There is not much room in the bear boxes at the trailhead, and bears are known to visit the parking area late in the year. Consider leaving anything with a scent (that you are not hiking with) in town or in a bear box at Horseshoe Meadow.

Recommend acclimating first, then drive to the trailhead early and try to make it to at least Shepherd Pass (12k') on the first day of your hike.

Mark a way-point of your campsite. Head up to Mt Williamson bowl in the morning. You will want to study your route through the bowl on a map ahead of time and/or use a navigation app to find your way to the black stain.

Good luck!

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bobpickering #59226 08/25/21 11:16 AM
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To be clear about N-95 masks and smoke, they can help reduce inhalation of some smoke particles if the mask is properly worn and fitted. (Retired ICU nurse; my hospital had staff scheduled annually for mask fittings.) The mask must be sealed to the face with two straps. If it's not sealed snugly and/or if you have facial hair (like Bob and me), you might as well be wearing any mask in terms of protection. It's my understanding that wildland firefighters don't wear face masks of any kind because they don't offer effective protection and masks make it too hard for them to breathe with the heavy exertion they perform. (Protection from COVID by masks is a little different. Virus particles are being filtered, not smoke particles and toxic gases. Numerous studies prove that masks provide effective protection, which is why doctors and nurses won't enter a COVID patient's room without one. But they must still be worn properly. And yes, there are multiple studies showing that masks are very effective in preventing viral transmission in public spaces indoors.)

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LUIS DE LA ROSA #59232 08/29/21 12:47 AM
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george creek bushwhack!
i'm headed up there on 9/11, dayhike summit push up big willy/trojan.
if im whipped, ill bivy a nite and scramble out 9/12, in the am.
be safe and sane.
jr


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