Mount Parnassus Climber's Log

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SenadR - Oct 16, 2011 8:54 pm Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2011

Parnassus to Woods   Sucess!

Fast and quick hike sunday morning from Denver.
2nd time February 20, 2016


mstender - Aug 27, 2011 12:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2011

Via Watrous Gulch  Sucess!

Very nice hike but I did not realize how steep the last part of the climb was once you reach treeline. Still worth it because of the great views and I did not see anybody on the trail all day until I got back to Herman Gulch trailhead.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Dec 20, 2010 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2010

From Bakerville exit  Sucess!

An anomaly! Weather was 60 degrees, sunny and January!
Hiked up the trail and climbed right up the wind blown west slopes to Parnassus and traversed to Bard. Ridge was also clear of snow.
My first trip of the decade.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Oct 3, 2010 1:53 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

Long basin hike  Sucess!

Good loop.

mtnclimer - Aug 30, 2010 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010

Gorgeous Day  Sucess!

Climbed the Northwest route with my wife and 8 and 9 year old boys. Nice and steep until the ridge. Ate lunch at the top. Saw a herd of wild mountain goats, very cool. Took the trail back down to Herman Gulch. Round trip about 5 hours total.


km_donovan - May 8, 2010 1:46 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2009

Watrous Gulch Approach  Sucess!

Went with a CMC group. Good times.


colinpence - Sep 17, 2009 7:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2005

three mountains in a day  Sucess!

This was part of a mountain trio that I climbed this day...Machebeuf, Woods and Parnassus.


Haliku - Jun 15, 2009 10:29 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2009

Watrous Gulch Loop  Sucess!

Rkmtn and I made it a 3-fer with Parnassus. My Denali acclimation made this a nice, but steep, hike.
Watrous Gulch Variation 30 July 2005

A very direct route. The slope is steep but fairly easy to pick a path as its mostly grass and soil instead of talus and scree. A great route for an outdoor stairsteper workout.

Due the steepness I came down via the valley between Bard and Parnassus and then picked up the Bard trail back to the TH thus circumnavigating around the mountain.


rkymtn - Jun 14, 2009 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009

Watrous Gulch Loop  Sucess!

Headed up with Haliku from Woods after hitting point 12,805' (aka Machebeuf). Enjoyed the views, the company, and the quick descent. Great day in the mountains!


heather14 - Nov 2, 2008 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

Waltrous Gulch  Sucess!

W/Wood on an extremely windy day!

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Sep 11, 2008 11:14 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2008

with Bard Peak  Sucess!

Started from Exit 218 at 10:15 am. Raced up Watrous Gulch to beat the predicted afternoon storm and reached Parnassus at 12:25 pm. Considered my escape options before heading to Bard Peak. Ended up running to Bard's summit as a white cloud buried Woods and Parnassus. I stood on Bard for one minute, ran over to its east summit as the flurries came in, then started a direct descent down one of the basins and into the trees. Using my trusty compass and some very faint trail remnants, I ended up at Bakersville (exit 221) and had to walk 3 miles up I-70. I completely avoided the storm, but I would rather have gotten a little cold and wet than walk up I-70 uphill into a headwind! Back to my car at 3:45 pm.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jul 13, 2008 10:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Watrous Gulch  Sucess!

We took the Stairstepper of Doom (southwest ridge) to the summit and descended via the saddle with woods. Great day, no weather threat, but the haze from the California wildfires cut the views considerably. Hiking partners: Rico's CMC outing.


GeorgeJames - Jun 30, 2008 12:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008

Watrous Gulch  Sucess!

A nice place to be on a great day! A steep one, not much trail above treeline, decent terrain though. Over to Bard from here, 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 not nearly as bad as I had imagined. Very few other people on these peaks for a Sunday in summer.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Apr 22, 2008 11:43 am

Cold, windy, snowy  Sucess!

Not a pleasant place to be in horrendous wind.


SarahThompson - Apr 14, 2008 11:11 am Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2006

Watrous Gulch / Ruby Creek  Sucess!

12/15/06 - From Watrous Gulch. Parnassus, Bard & Woods make a reasonable hike nearly any time of the year.

1/6/16 - Winter loop over Woods, Parnassus, Bard, Robeson & Engelmann from Ruby Creek.


MountainHikerCO - Mar 19, 2008 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2002

Herman Gulch TH  Sucess!

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. We returned to Parnassus (without Bard) on 9-16-06, 12-9-06 & 12-16-06, for it's easy access as a training hike.


MattK - Dec 28, 2007 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

Parnassus to Woods  Sucess!

Dog and I. Also grabbed Woods.

Steven Cross

Steven Cross - Jul 7, 2007 9:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Good hike before work  Sucess!

Beautiful day to escape the heat for a few hours. Was a bit chilly on top. Rushed down to get to work by 3:20pm.


boisedoc - Jul 6, 2007 5:04 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2000

quick outing  Sucess!

nice quick little outing from Denver

Chad Couch

Chad Couch - Jun 24, 2007 1:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Watrous Gulch

Left trailhead at 7:10, reached summit at 9:45. Beautiful hike, not much of a trail up to the saddle. Just make your own way.

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