Elevation: 12,237 ft
GPS: 37.142, -118.566 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: fossana on Aug 25, 2010
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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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I can only comment on the North Ridge. Felt 5.6 - 5.7. Fun climbing with many ways to go. Jul 23, 2011
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
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, from the summit. Jun 14, 2012
Jon W
Bishop, CA
Jon W   Bishop, CA
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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Tyler Wick
Bishop, CA
Tyler Wick   Bishop, CA
Went up one of the NE Aretes today. This peak is WAY underrated.. short approach and solid rock Jul 26, 2015
Bishop, ca
Pickles   Bishop, ca
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?)

P Sep 20, 2015
Rude Boy
San Francisco, CA
Rude Boy   San Francisco, CA
"I look forward to doing more in the area. (Goode looked incredible...is there a ridge traverse?"

Yes there is Aug 15, 2016