Sierra Nevada - Tyndall Creek - Mt. Tyndall

On August 18, 1965, I climbed 14,025' Mt. Tyndall with Explorer Post 360 as part of an Onion Valley to Mount Whitney Sierra Trek. Twenty-one of the thirty-one participants made the top of Mt. Tyndall.

Mt. Tyndall is a peak in the Mount Whitney region of the Sierra Nevada. It rises to 14,025 feet, and is the tenth highest peak in California. The mountain was named in honor of the Irish scientist and mountaineer, John Tyndall.

Mt. Tyndall is 1.5 miles west of the higher Mt. Williamson, and about 6 miles north-northeast of Mount Whitney.

Mt. Tyndall was first climbed on July 6, 1864 by Clarence King and Richard Cotter who were members of the California Geological Survey and under the overall direction of Josiah Whitney and the field leadership of William Brewer. King and Cotter were attempting to make the first ascent of Mount Whitney, and had made a long trek from Kings Canyon, only to realize months later that they had climbed the wrong peak.

The easiest route on Mt. Tyndall in terms of access and climbing is the Northwest Ridge, which involves an easy scramble (class 2). It begins about one half mile west of Shepherd Pass and about 1 mile north of the peak. Other non-technical routes exist on the gently sloped west side of the peak.

Mt. Tyndall area map
Mt. Tyndall area map
Climbing Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Climbing Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Final approach to top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Final approach to top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965

Tyndall Creek basin from route up Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Tyndall Creek basin from route up Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mt. Whitney (back), Mt. Barnard (front) from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mt. Whitney (back), Mt. Barnard (front) from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mt. Whitney (right rear), Mt. Barnard (front) from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mt. Whitney (right rear), Mt. Barnard (front) from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965

View across Kern Canyon at Mt. Kaweah (center) and Kaweah ridge from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
View across Kern Canyon at Mt. Kaweah (center) and Kaweah ridge from top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mountain Mouse resting on top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Mountain Mouse resting on top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Heading down from Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1976
Heading down from Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1976

Explorer Post 360 on top  of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965
Explorer Post 360 on top of Mt. Tyndall - Aug 1965