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Hurd Peak

Hurd Peak Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 12,237'
Location: 37.1421, -118.5661 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Emily Roeben
Submitted By: fossana on Aug 26, 2010
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one of the summit plateau pinnacles

Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

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Weather station 1.8 miles from here


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Rock Climbing Photo: eastern side: not so enticing upon closer inspecti...
eastern side: not so enticing upon closer inspecti...
Rock Climbing Photo: starting up the NW slabs
starting up the NW slabs
Rock Climbing Photo: approaches
BETA PHOTO: approaches
Rock Climbing Photo: with Treasure Lakes far below (NW Slabs route)
with Treasure Lakes far below (NW Slabs route)
Rock Climbing Photo: Hurd from the Treasure Lakes trail noting the NW s...
BETA PHOTO: Hurd from the Treasure Lakes trail noting the NW s...
Rock Climbing Photo: eastern side: onward and upward
eastern side: onward and upward
Rock Climbing Photo: Goode & Hurd from Long Lake
Goode & Hurd from Long Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture Puzzle, Aperture, Agassiz, and Bishop Pass
Picture Puzzle, Aperture, Agassiz, and Bishop Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: eastern side: opting for an easier class 4-5 scram...
eastern side: opting for an easier class 4-5 scram...
Rock Climbing Photo: fun despite the storms over South Lake
fun despite the storms over South Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Goode from the summit
Goode from the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: Hurd from Long Lake
Hurd from Long Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: starting down the Class 3 western descent
starting down the Class 3 western descent
Rock Climbing Photo: Enticing crack systems on the eastern side with po...
Enticing crack systems on the eastern side with po...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hurd Peak from the Treasure Lakes approach
Hurd Peak from the Treasure Lakes approach

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By rickziegler
Jul 23, 2011
I can only comment on the North Ridge. Felt 5.6 - 5.7. Fun climbing with many ways to go.
By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: Big Bear Lake
Jun 14, 2012
Climbed the East Face from the south end of Long Lake at about Class 3 and the West Face fromTreasure Lakes at about easy Class 5, nice view of Mount Goode from the summit.
By weisseseis
Jun 8, 2014
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.


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By Tyler Wick
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 26, 2015
Went up one of the NE Aretes today. This peak is WAY underrated.. short approach and solid rock
By Pickles
From: Bishop, ca
Sep 20, 2015
Went up to the summit from Treasure Lakes. Mostly Boulder hopping, great fun. We traversed over from the more eastern side of the mountain to what I think was the true summit. The rock became fairly broken but not too loose. (One section was very orange) There was a cairn, but no register. Did we miss the true summit?

Either way, fun outing, killer views. I look forward to doing more in the area. (Goode looked incredible...is there a ridge traverse?)

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