And again, this time more in the area of the NE Arete. Outstanding climbing.
A very nice class-3 climb up the NE Arete. Reasonably solid rock and many route options. Steep enough to keep things interesting. Descended via the class-2 portion of the North Face (the usual combination of sand and rock).
I needed a short hike to finish my 2016 hiking binge. I only had till noon to be back to Bishop. Hurd Peak was on my list for 2016 but mainly to do on a day before doing a long hike. Since plans always change and we have to adapt, Hurd became my cool down hike. I went up from Bishop Pass trail making a right just before Long Lake. It was a little of a hassel to get to the North gully since I didn't find an easier than class 3 way to gain the base of the mountain. I blamed myself for listening to others and taking this route. That until I came down the Treasure Lakes trail and I realized how monstrous difficult that route would have been. If anyone wants to climb Hurd and doesn't hate themselves, from Bishop Pass trail is the way to do it. Besides the North gully, there are many class 2, 3 and 4 ways to go up on the East side. Also, the summit is not visible from South Lake. I got excited 3 times before I hit the real summit. The real summit is all the way to the South. I came down on a North chute right above Treasure Lakes. Not easy to go up that chute, and not easy to make it to the lakes once at the bottom of the chute. PLEASE READ THIS: if you plan on going up to Hurd, please take a container to place the summit log books in. There was a broken glass jar with the log books in it, under a pile of small rocks right on the summit. Someone must have wanted to protect the jar with the rocks, and broke it. I only had a plastic zip-lock bag with me and I used that to put the log books in so they don't get damaged. Total car to car time was almost 5 and a half hours.
Noticed the peak while kayaking the South Lake, identified it on the map and the next day went climbing. Ascended from Long lake descended towards Treasure lake. Nice views.
Originally I had planned a climb of Agassiz on this day, but the forecast was 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms. I had climbed Cloudripper the day before with a 60% chance of rain, and ended up being rained on all the way back from Green Lake, so I wanted something with a smaller climbing window, and Hurd fit the bill. The north face is a slab/chimney scramble, a traverse to the right to a gulley marked by black rock. The gully is steep, loose, with some decent rock to climb. It leads to the first of three summits on a narrow summit ridge. Not knowing for sure which was the high point, I climbed all three. Of course, the high point was the third. I descended the east face, which was sandy plunge stepping and some occasional class three down climbs. Very nice descent route. The rain came in just as I was crossing the stream from Long Lake. Although somewhat dwarfed by the surrounding peaks, Hurd is a very nice peak and is a worthy half day effort.
Decent scramble, but the best action is found on the south and north sides of the east face, neither of which lead (directly) to the summit. I think it's possible to find a class 2 route all the way to the summit on the east face.
Great climb, very enjoyable scramble! Up east face, and down west face.
Perfect day to hike up the east face and stand on the summit. Hiked along the ridge to the north and then started heading down.
A sandy slog up the east slopes.
We wanted to squeeze one last peak in before headig to LAX to grab our flight back to Colorado Springs. Hurd was a nice, quick outing that fit the bill! Neat views of surrounding peaks and lakes. Chocolate Peak looks especially neat from Hurd. Enjoyed our tour, getting to experience both sides of the peak.
Climbed the East Face on Fathers Day. Beautiful day with no wind, wore shorts and a t-shirt on the summit. Fished long Lake with my dad and brother after the climb.
Hit the West Face using snowshoes...in June. Great views, empty parking lots, lots of snow.
Took the gear for a walk, got snowed off of the North Rib. Would recommend the Long Lake approach over the Treasure Lakes approach for that route.
Not sure about actual date... With two friends from work who'd never been to the High Sierra before. I wanted to take them up what I thought would be an easy summit. Roper's Guide doesn't actually mention the east face, but it looked easy to me. We made it to the summit, but not without some class 3 scrambling that was a bit scary to them. They were courageous, though, and we ended up following the north ridge from the summit (more class 3 in places) just to get a good look back down on South Lake. This peak is an excellent view point.
Secor credits Pete Yamagata (1000peaks) with the FA of this route, but we were there about 13 years prior. It's highly unlikely that even we FA'd this obvious route next to such a popular trail.
Hiked up to Treasure Lakes on mostly snow. Climbed a chute on the west face to the ridge and traversed over to the summit.
Nice snow up and down the face
Up and down the east face with plenty of snow to make things slick. yuck, but a nice view.
Izzac, and I. Real fun! up from Long lake Down to Treasure lakes basin.
Fun jaunt from South Lake. Mosquitos were unbearable down low.