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2014-05-18  Watrous Gulch approach  From Hermans Gulch TH off of I-70, starting roughly at 6:15am -- snow on trail was sparse for first ~1/4mi then continuous and mostly firm for the remainder. A little punchy farther up in Watrous Gulch but nothing too unreasonable while wearing snowshoes. Stashed shoes on NW ridge of Parnassus a little above the connecting saddle with Woods. Impressive wet slab trough runout at base of SW side of Parnassus, start zone somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000‘ contour from a windloaded area (cross and top loaded). Pic 1: l. to r., Hagar, Citadel, & Pettingell Pic 2: l. to r., Evans, Sawtooth, & Bierstadt Pic 3: l. to r., Edwards, Grays, Torreys w/Kelso in foreground on l. Pic 4: Red Mtn, Silverthorne & Valhalla looking fat in the distance d_baker   2014-05-18 4  1    
2013-07-04  Herman Gulch  Clear all the way up. No snow at all. Wildflowers are out. It‘s a perfect time to climb Parnassus. awake   2013-07-05  0       
2013-05-11  West Ridge  Good trench all the way to the top. Although Im not a skier, the bowl at the end of Watrous Gulch looks pretty good. PM me if you want pics of the bowl. First pic shows the trench. Second pic shows the west face. Jay521   2013-05-11 2  2      
2012-12-10  Via Herman Gulch  Snow of varying depths is encountered from Herman Gulch to the summit. The deepest pockets were approximately knee deep near treeline on the ridge. Wind was loading SE aspects all day. Due to the high winds the snow is thin once you get up on the ridge and continues that way until the summit. Careful route finding was needed on the ridge just above treeline as I got some very small slabs of snow to slid primarily on smooth rock/ice surfaces. Falling on these rocks was not preferred so I back tracked and choose another route through the rocky ridge. I choose not to put on spikes and did not wear snowshoes even though I had both with. The spikes would have been helpful in numerous spots. jmc5040   2012-12-10  0       
2012-03-24  From Urad Mine/Woods TH  Most of the ridge for Englemann-Robeson-Bard-Parnassus-Woods, is dry. Ridge from Bard to Parnassus has a couple of snow fields, but an ice ax was not necessary, if you stick to the ridge proper. Very little snow in the area, above treeline. Below treeline, we encountered thigh deep snow to bare dirt. The east, NE, north, and NW faces had quite a bit of snow, especially on Woods Mtn. Used snowshoes down in the trees, micro spikes were nice at times, but you could get away without them. Ice axe needed, depending on route choices. Careful of route choice, especially descending Woods Mtn. Impromptu shear tests on north/NW faces proved that there were weak layers. IHikeLikeAGirl   2012-03-25  0       
2011-11-26  I70 (Herman Gulch)  Packed, easy to follow trail ( Monster5   2011-11-26  0  1      
2011-04-17  via Watrous Creek Tr.  Climbed Parnassas from Herman Gulch TH. Solid trench from TH to beyond Watrous/Bard trail junction. No pack or even so much of a ski track on Bard Creek trail, no sign of junction (deep snow). Trail was all snow on Sunday, then rolling snow with supportive layer 6 inches down, lots of bar upper slopes. No avi sign encountered. Took ice axes, crampons and snow shoes - served no purpose but to increase PT aspect of climb. link Trip Report if interested Wyoming Bob   2011-04-18 4       

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