At 13,986 ft., Mt. Humphreys is the 14th highest peak in California. It is also ranked number 70 in the contiguous US. and one of 15 Sierra emblem peaks. The regular route is class 4.
To get there, from Bishop, take route 168, to North Lake. Past North Lake there is a campground. The Piute pass trail leaves from here. Take the trail to Piute Pass. Five miles, 2,100' el. gain to 11,423' From Piute Pass, you can see Mt. Humphreys to the North. Hike over Humphreys Basin to the base of the SouthWest slope.
This is a nice ridge with a ton of 3rd/4th class climbing and a few short 5th class sections mixed in.Follow the ridge towards Peak 13,151’ staying on the ridge as it tries to spit you off to the left (South). Climb fun 3rd and 4th class and walk the cool knife edge ridge as pictured in Croft’s guide. As you near Peak 13,151 you are forced off the ridge to the South and must make a few 5th class moves and meander back and forth to reach the summit of Peak 13,151’. From here you descend the ri...[more]Browse More Classics in CA