Ascent of Parker Peak on 2018-09-08
|Others in Party:||Anji Cerney|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, September 8, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||12861 ft / 3920 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAnji gave me a call and told me about a trip she was planning to the Yosemite area, and it sounded great so I told her I was in. The plan was to stay in Sawmill or Saddlebag Lake Campground, then hit several peaks either directly from that spot, or after a short drive to the trailhead. Sawmill was packed, but fortunately Saddlebag had spots open, so we set up camp, then got up the next morning for the trip to Parker, Koip, and Kuna peaks.
Next morning, we drove over to the Dana Meadows Trailhead, parked, and started down the maintained Parker Pass Trail, with Parker Peak first on the list of planned ascents. The scenic trail gradually moved up to 10000' over the first 2.5 miles. This took about an hour, including time spent stopping to take plenty of photos and enjoy the beauty of the area. We hit the Parker Pass area about three hours in, then began descending down the far side of the pass, plenty distracted by the glory of the Sierra. The serious ascent began over 7 miles into the trip, and we began moving well up a slope of talus (at the base of Parker Peak) with a good trail switch-backing its way up toward Parker Pass, overtaking a couple moving very slowly up the side of the mountain. These people had to be in their late 70's or early 80's, and I admired their drive when they told us their destination was Parker Pass.
We veered off the trail and began steering for the less-visited summit (i.e., as compared to the pass), and cruised up the stable talus and through the gusting winds to our first summit. The top featured a small windbreak of stacked talus, a summit register, and amazing views of Mono Lake to the northeast. The howling winds made for a short summit, and we had a long way to go anyway, so we headed down the North (actually, N/NW) slope making for the Pass, and Koip Peak beyond. The descent was alot like the last portion of our ascent, being on moderate, stable talus all the way back to the trail. At the bottom was Parker Pass, and the couple we encountered earlier were taking a break there.
For the continuation of this trip, please see my first entry for Koip Peak. GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3698 ft / 1127 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1117 ft / 340 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||9 mi / 14.5 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
Clear and sunny
| Gain on way in:||3698 ft / 1127 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3169 ft / 966 m; Extra: 529 ft / 161m|
| Loss on way in:||529 ft / 161 m|
| Distance:||8.5 mi / 13.7 km|
| Route:||Parker Pass Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Dana Meadows/Parker Pass Trailhead 9692 ft / 2954 m|
| Time:||4 Hours 57 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||588 ft / 179 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||West Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Saddle With Koip Peak 12273 ft / 3740 m|
| Time:||21 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: ParkerKoipKuna (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 5356 ft / 1633 m Total Trip Loss: 5356 ft / 1632 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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