Mt. Huxley stands above the John Muir trail in the Evolution Basin, just northwest of Mt. Warlow
. The summit register contains some interesting Creationist drivel which has engendered a measure of vitriolic backlash (including a dagger thrust into a Christ fish!)
The Northeast Ridge is a lovely class 3 climb, but beware the traverse to/from Mt. Warlow. Although Secor
rates this class 3, the consensus appears to be that the Huxley side of this ridge is class 4. (I consider myself fairly bold, and I was terrified during my solo traverse, despite a large time investment route finding and descending off both sides of the ridgecrest.)
Unless you’re already on the John Muir Trail, the easiest access will be from Lake Sabrina. Take 395 to Bishop, then 168 (Lake Sabrina Road) west to the end of the road. There are two options to cross the Sierra crest and reach the basin northeast of Mt. Huxley: “Wallace Col” and “Haeckel-Wallace Col”. I prefer the latter, because it gives good access to both of those peaks on your way to Mt. Huxley:
From Lake Sabrina (9040'+), go up the left fork of the Sabrina Basin Trail to Moonlight Lake (11,071'), then around between Mt. Wallace
and Picture Peak
, through the cirque between Wallace and Mt. Haeckel
and down to the basin just northeast of Mt. Huxley.
By staying in the cirque, it’s fairly easy to bag Mts. Hackel
on your way to a camp in this basin. From here, the northeast ridge of Mt. Huxley is well within reach.
I highly recommend R. J. Secor’s The High Sierra, Peaks Passes & Trails
(now in its third edition). This is the definitive climbing guide to the Sierra and was the source for many of the details on my SummitPost pages.
Like most places in the Sierra, you need a Wilderness Permit for overnight camping in the summer. The Lake Sabrina basin is a fairly popular area, so book your permit early.
Detailed information on permits, regulations and trailhead access can be found on Matthew Holliman’s excellent Eastern Sierra logistics page
You won’t need an early start to make it to Moonlight Lake on the first night, and the cirque between Mt. Wallace and Mt. Haeckel is an easy hike from there. The latter provides a lovely campsite above the bugs. The basin northeast of Mt. Huxley (though sunny and far above treeline) has excellent views of the surrounding peaks and the Evolution Basin.