Like Emerson, Hurd is a frequently overlooked yet entertaining peak. Its short approach makes it the perfect peak for a lazy day and it offers a variety of routes to please both the Class 3 peak bagger and those seeking Class 5 exploits. It was first ascended in 1906 by its namesake H.C. Hurd.
The rock varies in quality from smooth slabs to flaky crap. The northern and western sides seem to be better than the eastern.
Despite its close proximity to the trailhead I have yet to share the peak with another party. Routes include:
W Face (from Treasure Lakes) - Class 3 S Ridge - Class 4 NW Slabs - Class 5 N Ridge - Class 5
Note that there are countless ways to ascend this peak from all aspects and I've yet to go the same way twice.
From central Bishop head W on highway 168 (aka W Line Street) ~15 miles to the South Lake Road turn-off. Turn left and continue another 6 miles to the trailhead parking lot. Bear boxes and bathrooms are available.
From the trailhead at South Lake take the trail toward Bishop Pass. At 0.8 miles you will reach the junction with the Treasure Lakes trail. Take this split to access the northern and western routes. You will need leave the trail and cross-country to the base of the peak. If you're doing one of the southern routes it's best to leave the trail after passing the Long Lake drainage where the water can be raging. Alternatively, the peak can be approached by continuing on the Bishop Pass trail and leaving the trail to skirt the shores of Long Lake. Overview topo here.
Climbed the North Ridge, staying mostly on the ridge. The slabs to the right of the ridge seemed like better rock. The route we took was mostly low-5th, with a few sections of 5.6 or 5.7. The very first steep part of the ridge had a ~5.7 moss-filled crack in a dihedral.