Last Saturday Mike and I finally made an ascent of Mt. Humphreys, which is one of the “big three” peaks just west of Bishop. Many postcards and photos of Bishop feature Humphreys, Basin Mountain, and Mt. Tom looming over town from the west. At just under 14,000′, Humphreys is the highest of the three, although it doesn’t look like it because it’s further back than the others.
Getting there involved about an hour of Subaru-able 4WD, with a couple of crux rocks that we managed to bypass without damage. We were able to drive to ~8500′. Then it was around 3 miles and ~5000′ more elevation gain across ridges and sandy ledges to gain the east arête of Humphreys, which we followed to the summit. All told, it took 14 hours car-to-car. A Grand Day Out, and right behind the house, at that!