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Woods and Parnassus Mountain

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Arapaho National Forest

Woods and Parnassus Mountain is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,772 feet Route Type: Loop

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Gratifying climb and beautiful views from the top

21 days ago

Summitted Woods, 12940 & Parnassus 13580, Mountains Jun 14, 2020. Trail does start at the Gate which says 'Extreme Avalanche Danger'. Trail starts off steep and most of the trail is UNMARKED. Make sutr anf have a GPS to guide you, else youll be off route most of the hike.Quiet and peaceful hike throughout. Windy and steep vertical climb on both. Loved the peaceful and quiet trails and summits. Much better with GPS guidance, as trails are not marked for the most part. Creek crossings (like 8 of them) were beautiful and still lots of snow on the route !

hiking
9 months ago

Solid hike!! Parked a couple hundred feet from the trail head. Trail head starts at sign that says extreme avalanche danger. The trail splits about half a mile from the the start - stay right. It can be hard to stay on route upon leaving the tree line, so use gps.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is nice but we missed the entrance at the start and ended up going in a wrong direction. Once finally on the trail, you lose it from time to time but easy to catch up with the GPS. Short of time we could not go all the way up, but the views still made it worth!!

hiking
11 months ago

Went with my two dogs on Monday, I saw 2 people off in the distance on Parnassus otherwise we had the trail to ourselves. Beautiful and strenuous hike however it was easy to miss the trail coming down Parnassus so GPS is a must (or you can just follow the river out).

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rocky
11 months ago

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snow
11 months ago

Wow, what a hike. I’m pretty tired after that one for sure. Me and my group started out around 6 am and made Wood’s by 8 and Parnassus by 10ish. The first few miles are woodlands with plenty of stream crossings. The trail to Wood’s should become apparent once the tree line meshes with light marshy areas. Going up Parnassus was pretty taxing, but offered rewarding views all around (especially of the neighborhood 14ers to the south like Gray’s and Torrey’s and Mt. Evans and Massive). Coming down to the saddle and heading south from there is very steep with lots of loose rock. There is a light path for a little, but it’s basically all off trail from there. I found it easier to follow the main stream from the east, then heading back up a little until you hit the bend that leads to Wood’s. Very good hike. Will do again, especially to incorporate Bard.

skiing
snow
Sun Jun 02 2019

Road is dry and open and the trail is snow from the start. Excellent skiing conditions! NE and E aspects were quite soft by 9A.

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

Perfect Colorado hike, elevation gain and steep climb make it a challenge (especially in higher wind) but it’s a perfect combination of pretty forest opening to amazing views of the divide. Best part is that very few people venture over to the Watrous trail or this 13,500 peak. Don’t worry if the lot is full- everyone is on the Herman gulch side. The trail is not really marked but stay right as you pass the tree line and look for the saddle off to the right. Trail is pretty visible up to the saddle and then the peak is straight up again to the right. Really gratifying climb and majestic views up there.

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Sun Sep 14 2014