South Mount Hawkins
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Mt. Williamson (8,248 ft.)
Survey geologist, William Blake, first noted that the east to west orientation of our local mountains differed from the Sierra, and coined the term Transverse Ranges - this was the only name given by this team that still survives in use. They never penetrated our mountain ranges (which Blake called Bernardino Sierra, and Williamson labeled Qui quai-mungo), although they successfully identified Soledad Canyon as the best railway route through them.
Gudde states that this mountain was named by the Whitney Survey (1864). (This is untrue - Gudde states that the Mt. Williamson in Inyo Co. was named by the Whitney Survey)
In an interview, Don McLain told John Robinson that he had named this peak for Will Williamson, a friend of his. When reminded of Lt. Williamson, McLain added "Well, yes, I named [it] for him too". Angeles N.F. historian Don Hedly reported this same Williamson story from McLains widow.
Name first appears on USFS Angeles National Forest map (1920).
Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1942."
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For more information see these SummitPost pages: Mt. Islip - South Mount Hawkins - Middle Hawkins - Mt. Hawkins - Copter Ridge - Mt. Williamson - Goodykoontz Peak - Kratka Ridge
This page last updated: Fri Jan 23 19:57:27 2009
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