Reach Parry Peak
by any of its routes. This portion of the climb will determine the overall difficulty of this route. Most of the route from Parry to Eva is visible from this point, and it is a walk down and up from Parry.
The saddle between Parry Peak and Mount Eva is at about 12,670’ elevation. Descend Parry’s broad southwest ridge to this saddle. Then continue upward along the ridge as it curves southward to Eva’s summit. As you ascend Mount Eva ’s summit ridge, it seems almost flat on the west, and very steep on the east side. Take your pick.:-) There is no trail, but climbing along this route is never more than a steep hike on rocky terrain.
If you have the time and energy, continue to Witter Peak from here, and return to your starting point. If you have a shuttle who will drop you off at one point and pick up farther south at the end of the day, you can cover a lot of distance along the Continental Divide in one day. Conceivably, you could hike the entire west boundary of the James Peak Wilderness.
Standard hiking gear for summer. Be prepared for lots of wind on the ridge – enough wind to topple a steel tower. There are few to no water sources above timberline in this area, so bring plenty of drinking water. This would also make an excellent winter climb. Be prepared with snowshoes, ice ax, and full winter apparel.
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