Ascent of Parsnip Peak on 2019-06-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Friday, June 21, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||ATV|
| Elevation:||8916 ft / 2717 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe road all the way to 6431 was in great shape and recently graded. The jeep trail that forks at 6431 was in decent shape for the first one mile, then it is a little rougher and overgrown. While I used an ATV and was able to drive all the way to Blue Rock Spring, I imagine any vehicle with high clearance could make it, albeit with some new scratches.
I was prepared for some bushwhacking as I had read Kassan's trip report and I think he understated the severity of the bushwhacking. Do not follow my path that parallels the contour line, that was a terrible and almost impenetrable bushwhack. On my return I followed the N-S ridge back to the top of the 8830 and then regained my path.
Once on the N-S ridge the preferred path is slightly off center toward the east side. It is clearly visible as the ridge center kind of makes a demarcation for a change of vegetation. There are very nice views from the summit and while I recognize not every visitor will sign a register, the one placed by Kassan in 2016 had on one other name. So perhaps this is not an often visited summit. If I were to revisit this summit I would give some consideration to following the route used by the surveyors who placed the benchmark.
|Summary Total Data|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.1 mi / 8.2 km|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Distance:||2.4 mi / 3.9 km|
| Route:||Kassan's route|
| Start Trailhead:||Blue Rock Spring |
| Time:||2 Hours 23 Minutes|
| Distance:||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
| Time:||2 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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