Mount Warlow is another relatively seldom visited backcountry peak. Standing at 13,206ft just off Muir Pass, it is neither the highest nor the most spectacular along the Goddard Divide. These two factors contribute to its summit only seeing a handful of visitors yearly. The most common route is an easy class 2 scramble from Muir Pass, though this route requires either a long approach or a class 3/snow climb over Echo Col. Class 3 and 4 routes are also avliable as traverses from Mt Huxley and Fiske respectively. From the summit of Mt Warlow the entire Evolution Divide is visible, as well as beautiful Wanda and Helen Lakes.
NOTE: This peak needs a new register, I replaced the film canister and left several pages from my journal for the time being, if anyone is heading up there, a real register is needed. As of July 6th, 2004.
The climbs for this peak either start at Muir Pass, or one of the two North ridges. The shortest route to the beginnings of these scrambles is from the Lake Sabrina Trailhead. Take highway 395 into Bishop and turn onto highway 168 heading west. Follow this road for approx 12 miles to Forks. Continue toward the Lake Sabrina TH. From the TH follow the trail to Hungry Packer Lake. To climb Huxley or Fiske first head SW over Haeckel Col, to head directly for Muir Pass head S over Eco Col.(All routes described in RJ Secor's "Peaks, Passes, and Trails" book). The traverse between Huxley-Fiske-Warlow is reported to have very nice scrambling ranging from class 3-4. See trip report by Bob Burd linked at the bottom of the page for this route.
All overnight stays in the area require a wilderness permit that can be obtained from the White Mountain Ranger Station in Bishop. Otherwise camping is open and there are no hiking restrictions in the area. A dayhike would not require a permit.
For permits and conditions contact the USFS Ranger Station in Bishop at 760-873-2500.
Inyo National Forest
When To Climb
The mountain is usually climbed between June and September. Spring and Fall conditions can see snow around Muir Pass, which is infamous for holding snow well into July. The SW face would make for an easy snow ascent in winter conditions. Winter approaches to this peak would be long, due to road closures down in Aspendel.
There are many campsites along highway 168 that provide well shaded camping. They average approximately $16 a night and can fill up fast during the peak of the summer.
Mountain ConditionsInyo National Forest Road Conditions
Trip Report by Bob Burd(dayhike)