In early September 2016, I did an 'out and back' hike to Mt. Willey (elevation 4,285 ft) via a combination of the Kedron Flume Trail; Ethan Pond Trail; Willey Range Trail. The round-trip distance was 5.4 miles, with an elevation gain of 3,338 ft. On the day of my hike, there was dry ground, and thus good traction which is always an advantage when climbing up/down the steep slopes of Mt. Willey. Below is a map which shows my route highlighted in yellow.
|Map showing my route highlighted in yellow|
Mt. Willey was named for an early settler named Samuel Willey whose entire family was wiped out by the notorious Willey landslide of 1826. This massive mountain forms the western wall of the Crawford Notch. Shown below is a photo of Mt. Willey that was taken from Mt. Crawford a few years ago.
|Photo showing Mt. Willey|
PHOTOS TAKEN ON MY HIKE TO MT. WILLEY:
|Gotta love all the ladders and stairs along the steeper segments of the Willey Range Trail!|
|I never grow tired of Mt. Willey's breathtaking view looking down the Crawford Notch.|
|The view of Mt. Carrigain (and neighbors) from Mt. Willey is also nice.|
|And besides being awed by the terrific views from Mt. Willey, I also enjoyed the Gray Jays who will pose for you, and will gladly accept food as payment for their services. No credit cards, please. :-)|
|On my way to Mt. Willey, I was "toad" a thing or two by this little fellow. :-)|
|Kedron Flume was more like "Kedron Trickle" on the day of my hike to Mt. Willey. :-)|