Ascent of Parsnip Peak on 2019-06-21

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:ATV
Peak:Parsnip Peak
    Elevation:8916 ft / 2717 m

Ascent Trip Report

The 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
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Kassan's route
    Start Trailhead:Blue Rock Spring  
    Time:2 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Gathright
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