Segment: Pleasant View Ridge: West Mt. Williamson to Pallett Mountain
Stats: West Mt. Williamson to Pallett Mountain: 1.9 miles, 780′ gain, 1268′ loss. Pallett Mountain to West Mt. Williamson: 1.9 miles,1268′ gain, 780′ loss. Round Trip: 3.8 miles 2048′ gain and loss.
Last Hiked: 7-18-2016
Hikes: Under Construction.
This is a “use trail”, meaning it is fairly clear to follow but not maintained. This segment is very steep in many spots and is sometimes hard to follow. As a general rule, it follows the ridge. Thus, look along the ridge to find the trail when it isn’t obvious. It has an obvious starting point going down the west ridge of the west bump of Mt. Williamson.
The way forward is pretty straightforward until reaching the saddle after the first bump after West Mt. Williamson. This area forms a junction with four directions of travel.
The way forward is to face the next bump and take the path that initially goes up on the left. Not far up the trail it will turn and head down the ridge of that bump and head toward Pallett Mountain. For the most part it is clear how to proceed. However, there are some spots where the trail is hard to discern. Those spots are very short–no more than 10-20 steps. When the trail is hard to make out, look to stay close to the ridge. Fortunately, Pallet Mountain is always in view making it relatively easy to navigate towards.
Do not go up and to the right as that path follows the ridge leading away from Pallett Mountain.
A common mistake (and one I’ve made) is to take a hard left at this saddle. This path stays on the first bump after West Mt. Williamson and leads away from Pallett Mountain.
The path continues to follow the ridge and goes over one more small bump before reaching Pallett Mountain.
Follow the ridge the rest of the way.
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