OverviewParika Peak is the head of the Baker Gulch Drainage in the southern Never Summer Wilderness. The routes up this peak from the Bowen-Baker Gulch Trailhead are pretty long, but the views are well worth it. The trails up this peak are great, and you follow the Baker Gulch Trail up to Parika Lake, and then to the peak. This peak is amazing, and there are great views of the rest of the Never Summer Wilderness, and Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 13 miles roundtrip and 3500 feet of elevation gain.
Getting ThereDrive north out of Grand Lake on Highway 40. Enter into Rocky Mountain National Park, and there is either a $20 dollar single day entrance, or a $40 season long pass. Pay the fee and continue on the road for around eight miles till you come to a sign for the Bowen-Baker Trailhead. Turn into the Parking area, and instantly, you are greeted with a amazing view of Parika Peak. Follow the trail up along Baker Gulch, and the trail gets steeper after three miles. Hit the Grand Ditch at 3.5 miles, and continue on the trail for another half mile till you hit Baker Gulch. Cross the Creek and stay left on the Baker Gulch Trail until you reach Parika Lake at five miles. Follow the trail around the lake and follow it as it switchbacks up to the saddle between Parika Peak and Farview Mountain. From the saddle, turn north and follow the short steep ridge to the summit. Admire the views.
Red TapeNo permit is required to day hike here, but you have to pay to enter into Rocky Mountain National Park.
CampingNo camping is allowed on the first half mile on the trail since it is in RMNP. After that, you need a permit to camp anywhere along the trail. Please stay at least 100 feet from Lakes, rivers, or streams.