Bard Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Bard Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: dwoodward13
Info: This should be the standard route for these 3 peaks instead of the mine route. One of the best trails I've found myself on. Followed the Bard Creek Trail until reaching treeline, then picked our route up the slope to the summit. A bit of snow from the previous few days that will likely melt by tomorrow. Route off to Robeson was a grassy with a thin covering of snow that will be gone. Same with route from Robeson to Engelmann. We stayed just north of Englemann SE Ridge and had a pretty painfree bushwack to meet back up with the Bard Creek Trail. Note that the road up to Bard Creek Trail is pretty rough. Only legit 4x4s will make it to the trailhead. Subies and the like will make it about a mile short near some cabins, unless you really don't care about your car. 2wd will be 2 miles shy at a pull off near Empire Pass. 
 
Route: via Parnassus
Posted On: 2020-06-18, By: madadraw1
Info: Still snow on Parnassus-Bard saddle -- mostly on the Parnassus side and can't see it from Parnassus summit, can't see until you are upon it. Took south face of Bard down to Bard Trail. Made for a nice loop. Extra 300-500ft gain when Bard Trail meets up with creek, but really nice views after this, worth it. This extra gain started with 2-3 small snow patches walkable in boots. Towards the top about 30 yards of snow to cross -- this part steeper, just under 30 degrees (no traction or axe is fine but poles helped). See Climb13ers website for suggested descent off Bard. Around 4500ft gain, 9 mi RT for the loop, both peaks. 
 
Route: via Parnassus
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: MC.Ikema
Info: Brought microspikes but did not use them. There's still some snow on the ridge that requires crossing, however, the crossings are pretty short and the snow seem packed firm (no post-holing issues at 1pm). 
 
Route: From Parnassus
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: WildWanderer
Info: Mostly summer conditions. I did use crampons and an ice axe for a small section, but could have gotten by with just microspikes (especially later in the day, but I was glad at 7am to have crampons). Stick to the ridge before making it to the saddle between Parnassus and Bard: there's a lot of snow/ice on the trail below the ridge to the east, making it difficult to cross. 
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Route: North faces and ridges
Posted On: 2020-03-11, By: jmanner
Info: Didn't do Bard, Robinson or Parnassus, but from the North they are bone dry. Need some good spring storms. 
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Route: Via Parnassus
Posted On: 2020-02-21, By: osprey
Info: The trail to Watrous Gulch is well packed by skiers and snowshoes are not needed until going up the gully leading to the south west face. I switched to microspikes above timberline and wore them the entire rest of the trip. The ridge from Parnassus to Bard is mainly snow interspersed with talus. The snow is both firm and with areas of postholing up to mid calf. It took 11 hours round trip. 
 
Route: From Parnassus
Posted On: 2019-06-27, By: HikerGuy
Info: Much snow remains in the saddle with Parnassus. I left my ice axe and crampons at home and had to drop down about 200 feet to cross lower angle snow. Used microspikes, no postholing. I think an axe would be advisable to follow the ridge proper across the saddle, although the run out is super generous and fall would just end up being a really long slide with a stop on snow, provided you slip off the south side. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-05, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Consistent snow from Parnassus over to Bard. No avy risk at all. Carried snowshoes, but hit it early enough where they weren't needed. 
 
Route: via Parnassus
Posted On: 2018-09-02, By: madmattd
Info: Traversed over from Parnassus. There is a path from the Parnassus summit to very near the main saddle, though it braids several times. Mostly easy going, just a short stretch of talus around a projection halfway down. The ascent to Bard is mostly path-less, but mostly on tundra and pretty easy going. Overall a Class 2 traverse, I wouldn't even call it 2+ where I traveled, but there are definitely a few spots where you could get into 2+ and maybe even low 3 terrain for a short bit. I dropped down from the Bard-Parnassus saddle and picked up the Bard Creek Trail just below the alpine shoulder others have noted in trip reports, no need to deal with the scree gully (which is all of 50' before the trail appears). Other than a couple hundred yards of large talus near the trail, the descent is mostly steep tundra. 
 
Route: Via Robeson Peak from Ruby Gulch
Posted On: 2018-08-26, By: supranihilest
Info: The hike up Bard from Robeson is easy but steep Class 2. It seemed more solid as well as potentially less technical if you stayed a bit away from the ridge crest itself, to climber's left. Going around the crest to the left also helps prevent going up and down extra over the bumps on the ridge. 
 
Route: Watrous Gulch Approach
Posted On: 2018-05-13, By: jasayrevt
Info: This is an enjoyable summit route. A touch of snow does remain in the basin. Traversing over from Mt. Parnassus qualifies as another extremely fun line with great views. Perfect outing amidst variable conditions 
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Route: Shakespeare
Posted On: 2016-05-21, By: benglish
Info: Trail is mostly dry for 1st mile. Switched to skins and had continuous snow to the summit. The snow in the trees softened significantly so you'll want flotation. 
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Route: SW Slopes from Herman Gulch TH
Posted On: 2012-06-16, By: Derek
Info: A couple downed trees along the Bard Trail (as it wraps south around Parnassus) but clear the rest of the way. No snow at all, even the slopes up to Bard. Nice route, although a leg burner the last 1500-2000 feet. Starting from this TH makes it easy to combo with Parnassus and Woods. 
 
Route: Bakerville Bushwhack
Posted On: 2012-04-02, By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Dry from start to half way to treeline; then snow 8" to 24" (trench in place compliments of two guys just ahead of me); rest steppin' snow ribbon to 200 vertical shy of saddle, 75 yard gap, then snow to saddle; dry to summit Trip narrative link here with photos for those interested. 
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Route: Woods/Urad Mine
Posted On: 2012-03-24, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: 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 on the descent. Impromptu shear tests on north/NW faces proved that there were weak layers. 
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