Ascent of Parker Peak on 2018-09-08

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Parker Peak
    Elevation:12861 ft / 3920 m

Ascent Trip Report

Anji 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1Parker Peak2018-09-08 a3698 ft / 1127 m
2Koip Peak2018-09-08 b694 ft / 212 m
3Kuna Peak2018-09-08 c237 ft / 72 m
4Koip Peak2018-09-08 d727 ft / 222 m
Total Trip Gain: 5356 ft / 1633 m    Total Trip Loss: 5356 ft / 1632 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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