Ascent of Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge on 2020-08-21

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge
    Elevation:12040 ft / 3669 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left southern California at 6 a.m. and drove up to Tuolumne Meadows, packed up my backpack, then started up the trail at 1:15 p.m. I hiked south on the JMT, west on the Vogelsang trail, and then south on the Ireland Lake trail, arriving there at 6:00 p.m. and setting up camp after doing about 10.7 miles. The next morning, I left camp at 7:10 a.m., generally following Dean Gaudet's 09-09-2017 GPX up to Parsons Peak and then down to the county high point. The upper part of the route up to Parsons Peak is class 2 talus. Also, I did not locate a summit register on either summit. Afterwards, I returned to Ireland Lake, arriving back there at 10:15 a.m., packed up, and was back at the trailhead at 2:40 p.m. Trip stats include ascents of both peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3575 ft / 1089 m
    Extra Gain:105 ft / 32 m
    Round-Trip Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Route:See trip report
    Trailhead:Tuolumne Meadows  8675 ft / 2644 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 talus
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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