I climbed with Aaron and several of the "usual suspects." The views were as spectacular as you could hope for, and the route was really good, but really steep (can you say f*#@in steep!)
I was racing an early season snow storm. While I was on Bard's summit, Woods and Parnassus were swallowed by a white cloud. My escape plan was to descend into one of the large southern basins, and the storm completely missed me.
12/15/06 - Out and back trip from neighboring Parnassus. Added on Woods Mountain for good measure. These are rather boring peaks that can be safely climbed in winter.
1/6/16 - Winter loop over Woods, Parnassus, Bard, Robeson & Engelmann from Ruby Creek.
Over from Parnassus via Watrous Gulch, descended down the valley between the two, all the way down to I-70. Had to hike a couple miles along the highway to get back to the Herman Gulch TH, which was silly, but not nearly as bad as I had imagined. Exceptional views from this Peak. Very few other people on these mountains for a beautiful Sunday in summer.
We first climbed Parnassus from the Herman Gulch trailhead, then over to Bard. For the return we dropped down to a trail that stays on the I-70 side of the mountain until it gets back to Watrous Gulch.
A 4-Peak loop starting from the old Urad Mine area. Solo. Started on old Ruby Creek Road (foot traffic only) and worked towards Englemann. No trails, just up the slopes. Found nifty marmot jawbone. Once on top, just made a long traverse across the peaks. Very, very windy and cold day. But a great, great climb. One doesn't get four 13'ers in a day too often.
Wedding anniversary trip. Backpacked in below saddle of Parnassus and Woods. Hiked Parnassus and Bard. Beautiful days!!
Ben and I finished the climb that Tim and I started last week. There were 30 elk and 7 bighorn sheep up there. Greatest glissade ever coming back down.
We almost got search and rescued, a chopper flew down the valley and stopped to check on us less than an hour into the hike!
Hwy 40 to I-70 Bakersville including Engelmann, Robeson and Bard. No Pernassus this time due to time, wind and energy constraints. A nice long march in the winter wind. With my death-march partner Eric Holle, of course.
Climbed solo with Mt Parnassus and Woods Mtn the Sunday after Thanksgiving to burn off that turkey. Windy and cold on the summit, but I was able to find a calm pocket to enjoy the views!
A GREAT way to spend a day of vacation on a Tuesday. Clear skies and complete solitude was the prevailing theme for this adventure! I know of areas farther from Denver that see more visitors than this superb place.
Some massive snowfields high up on the saddle extending down for maybe 100 meters. The connecting ridge also had some nice snow pinnicles and wierdly high snowdrifts on Bards ridge. Challenging & exhausting work but enjoyable. The snow was pretty good even at 2:00pm in the afternoon. As Grant says, very nice panoramic views too! No one else to be seen all day.
Lots of postholing in the trees, but straightforward after that. Great 2000' glissade on the way down.
Was planning only to climb Parnassus but it was such a beautiful day I traversed over to Bard. To avoid a large snowfield it was necessary to descend about 300' below the ridgeline. Saw some bighorns on the tundra descending from Bard to the Bard Creek Trail!
I hiked the Bard Creek trail until I was below the south ridge of Parnassus. I then climbed to Parn. summit and traversed to Bard. I returned via the Bard Creek Trail. Encountered snow up high but otherwise dry. Great hike across alpine tundra.
We did the Grand Circle route up Englemann, Robeson, Parnassus, Bard and Woods starting from the Urad Mine and ending at the Herman Gulch TH.
Great place to go, I love the Watrous Gulch area. It was 4th of July weekend, 2004 and we were the only people back there camping. Unbelievable! Another Bi-Centennial to mark off.
The weather was beautiful, which was a good thing. I wrongly assumed there would not be too much snow due to the route facing south. I was sadly mistaken.
Once I reached the flat shoulder at 11,900 and traversed the rock field, the fun began! I climbed though areas of snow that were close to 3 feet deep in spots! The summit was covered totally in snow, and I had a hard time determining if I actually was there until I found the survey marker. There was no summit cairn or summit log (that I could find, that is).
My time up was close to five hours - two more than I anticipated, although the weather was great and the temperatures were moderate. It took me about three hours to get back down.
A nice climb, although my legs really felt it the next day. My face got a little red too from all of the reflective sun from the snowfield. All in all, a good trip with lots of great view of surrounding peaks.