Mount Parnassus via Watrous Gulch

HARD 5 reviews
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Mount Parnassus via Watrous Gulch is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bakerville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3349 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

off trail

Mount Parnassus is one of four 13ers in the immediate vicinity of Watrous Gulch. It is connected via saddles to Wood Mountain and Bard Mountain. This route follows Watrous Gulch trail for 2 miles from the Herman Gulch trailhead. You move through very pretty scenery in the gulch before jumping off trail and taking a straight shot up the side of the mountain. The slopes are carpeted with wildflowers in July.

13 days ago

Tough, but worth it for the views.

The trail up wasn't well-defined after you branch off to head up to the summit. It wasn't crowded, but busier than you might expect given the reviews.

I'd love to do this one again as a peak to peak with Woods and Bard!

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing hike. Didn't see a single person until we were almost back at the car. Scenery is beautiful and apart from the elevation gain the hike is relatively easy. Once you're hiking out of the gulch there's no official trail but there are many ways to get to the summit. The second half of the hike is above tree line so watch the weather.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Tough hike, but worth it. Only saw 2 other people on the mountain, maybe 20 on the whole trail, and just me and the marmots at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

7/3/17

https://youtu.be/wFXyUnhEkJk

Wildflowers everywhere and the gulch is endless eye candy in all directions. Climb up Parnassus is challenging, but the loose gravel and steep angle really makes the descent the tougher part of the hike. Sore legs for days, but worth it for the views.