Ascent of Parry Peak on 2019-07-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Parry Peak
    Elevation:13391 ft / 4081 m

Ascent Trip Report

With 1,700 plus feet of prominence this was our final summit of the day. I screwed up and forgot to record the GPS track from Bancroft to the summit but duhhhhhhh, it is pretty easy to see how we did it and it was all class 2 to the top. Coming down was special. The views were some of the best I have ever seen in Colorado. In part due to amazing weather but also the snow conditions. The upper lake called Ice Lake was still snow and ice but where it was melting out left gorgeous tracks of blue water in the white snow and there was fun coulouirs in the surrounding walls to see. We could have done the typical downsweep SE of Lake Caroline and South of Lake Lomond but the tantalizing dikes of granite, dams, and alpine lakes drew us down to find a safe downclimb through the cirque and we were not disappointed.

See our GPS track. We carefully picked our way between Reynolds Lake and Lake Lomond and the views were crazy and the lakes were clean and beautiful. The water rushing out of the alpine lakes was wild and result of the still large snow melts above. But safely you can work through the puzzle as man has created some dams that you can walk across and not risk the rapids of the streams and waterfalls. This area in here is really beautiful and interesting. Best of all we saw NOBODY! Once we got back to St Mary's Glacier we suddenly ran into about 100 tourists playing in the snow. Yuck but none were venturing up into the beautiful terrain we routed through.

By now I had a slight sprain on my right ankle and whereas Glen was still in beast mode, I had to take it easy escaping the "glacier" and was glad to be back and boots off. I have hiked the ridge from Berthoud Pass before and it is more gentle, less scenic, and can be crowded with people. I had to rate this particular trip a 9 out 10 for me because the particular route we took was as interesting, scenic, route finding, and solitude providing as any great trip I can remember. I rate all hikes higher than most anyway but going from the glacier to James and across the traverse to Bancroft and then this peak and then winding down along the cirque and around the alpine lakes all to ourselves was a very good day. I would guess that if I had come from Berthoud I would have rated it in the 6 to 7 range.

In all we hiked about 13 miles; summitted three 13ers; one prominence peak over 1k; 2 peaks over 300 and collected a County HP with about 4700 feet of total gain. A fine day indeed
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:921 ft / 280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:780 ft / 237 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
perfect day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:156 ft / 47 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 141 ft / 43 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Top of Bancroft  13250 ft / 4038 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:765 ft / 233 m
    Gain on way out:765 ft / 233 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:see GPS
Ascent Part of Trip: James-Parry

Complete Trip Sequence:
1James Peak2019-07-11 a2974 ft / 906 m
2Mount Bancroft2019-07-11 b880 ft / 268 m
3Parry Peak2019-07-11 c921 ft / 281 m
Total Trip Gain: 4775 ft / 1455 m    Total Trip Loss: 1754 ft / 535 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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