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DO NOT DO THIS HIKE! The directions to the 13er are not clear at all. We thought it would be obvious or there would be a sign. But you’re apparently supposed to know which mountain it is and scramble off trail. That is very unsafe! We realized we passed it up but thought we could do a full circle and got terribly lost. We ended up hiking all the way to Georgetown (18 mile trip total) and calling a taxi to get to our car. What a cluster. I’ve never had a hiking experience like this but the directions are NOT clear on this app nor was it in my book. I would recommend hiking until your pedometer hits 3.5 miles then turn back.

went this morning and arrived in the parking lot of the URAD valley mining area at about 9:30. Had no clue what was a trail so I had just hiked up behind the gate that said you could hike, but also said danger avalanche area. I went solo and it took me about an hour to 1.5 to reach the base of Mt. Parnassus. I had hiked straight up the side and reached the top at about 11. not a soul was on the small 4x4 road I walked up nor in the parking lot. descended but lost the road I was on and ended up steeply hiking down a gulley trying to follow the creek until I found it again after about 1.5 miles of alpining down. got down in 30 mins. either way this is recommended.

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2 months ago

Great trail! Aspens about half turned. Got there yesterday at 6:30 AM and trail head was basically empty. Does get a bit strenuous around mile 1.5. You stop hearing I-70 around then as well. The trail splits about mile 2. I took the trail to the left which takes you up a pretty steep incline, which is definitely off the AllTrails map, but it was worth it because you get an amazing view of Torrey’s Peak. Wandered east to get back on the trail and headed to the end of the trail where there is an amazing view. If you stick to the right when the trail splits around mile 2 you’ll follow it based on this map.

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2 months ago

Got to the lot around 8:00 AM on a Sunday. Most of the primary parking was taken but there were still about 30 parallel spots available in the back of the lot.

The trail is great workout without having to kill yourself. Traffic was light - I passed two group of people on the way up and several on the way down.

Overall a beautiful and challenging hike that would be great for a range of skill sets.

Great hike. if I was to do it again, I'd follow the trail to Herman Lake, then cross the river and start the real climb. It got pretty cold and windy up the top so take plenty of warm gear with you.

Stunning views!

The views live up to the hype on this one. The last mile to 1.5 miles up is difficult to follow so you’re mainly hiking straight up the mountain. Poles are a must-have. Pretty lightly trafficked early morning, and plenty of parking when I arrived at 730am.

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3 months ago

A delightful quick hike. Got off work, bolted up and hit Herman’s Gulch with already 4-5 cars there but they went up the gulch and not the Bard trail. Had it to my lonesome so my body would of taken a few days to find if I became mountain lion dessert. But alas I did not and eventually made it up to Mt Wood. As everyone says the trail is tough to follow, few cairns, but mostly just hiking straight up. Glad I had my poles. Wind sent my pee all over my shoes and ankles but other than that, it was a blast! Took 3 hours round trip (longer than my last tinder date). Next time I will choose the right trail and head up to Mt Parnassus. Like choose your own adventures books but without dying of dysentery or getting stuck in a sewer line while hiding from the jewel thief.

Amazing. So I went left towards wood mountain and traversed the whole gulch and then went up parnassus. Mentally exhausting. Ran out of water and I brought 3L. If you’re gonna do like me and add 3 miles to bag two peaks then
Bring more than that. 3500 elevation gain with 500 flights of stairs according to Fitbit. Clocked in at 10.5 miles! 13ers are so much better than 14ers

Love Herman Lake trail. Great views and wildflowers. The Citadel is great. Did the Citadel-Hagar Mountain traverse and that was amazing. I think the scramble is better and the views are better. Great day.

Did this route on Saturday July 21. Beautiful. Wildflowers are crazy right now.
Arrived at parking lot at 630am. Maybe 15 cars. As mentioned in other comments, most of the people are going up Herman’s. Summited Parnassus about 2 hrs 45 min later. Went slow and took lots of pics. 1 hr 30 min to get down. I cant add anything else that others haven’t said. I watched some people prematurely go straight up Parnassus where the trail disappears.. Highly recommend staying to the left of the slope, in line with saddle. Inclination is a little less steep. But still steep. Enjoy!

This hike offers just about everything! except a lake. We hiked Monday - about 6 cars at the parking lot at 7:45 am. Plenty of wilderness, few people.

The wildflowers threw a party, a big one! But the finale is near the end - near and above the treeline.

The first mile of the trail is nothing special and you'll hear I70, but it becomes white noise and eventually disappears. The beauty comes after, including a stream, meadows, trees and mountain views.

We tracked the trail to the saddle at about 3.2 miles one way. At about the 2.1 mile mark (11,400 ft), the trail splits. The more obvious trail is to the left (we didn't see one to the right). We went left. At about 2.5 miles (11,700), the trail peters out. We hiked to the right and picked up a trail and continued on to about 12,300. At that point, the trail ends and you hike to the saddle.

We continued on to Parnassus via the saddle. You can cut over sooner, but it's even steeper and an experienced hiker told us that route is sketchy in a few spots. Your knees will thank you if you use poles coming down.

The summit offers a spectacular view! - Grays, Torreys, Grizzly Peak, Sniktau, Herman Gulch and so much more. With the exception of Grays, you'll see the other 3 peaks on much of the hike.

RT about 8 miles

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4 months ago

This hike offers just about everything, except a lake. We hiked Monday - about 6 cars at the parking lot at 7:45 am. Plenty of wilderness, few people.

The wildflowers threw a party, a big one! But the finale is near the end - near and above the treeline.

The first mile of the trail is nothing special and you'll hear I70, but it becomes white noise and eventually disappears. The beauty comes after, including a stream, meadows, trees and mountain views.

We tracked the trail to the saddle at about 3.2 miles one way. At about the 2.1 mile mark (11,400 ft), the trail splits. The more obvious trail is to the left (we didn't see one to the right). We went left. At about 2.5 miles (11,700), the trail peters out. We hiked to the right and picked up a trail and continued on to about 12,300. At that point, the trail ends and you hike to the saddle.

We continued on to Parnassus. Take your time. It's steep. Your knees will thank you if you use poles coming down. The summit offers a spectacular view - Grays, Torreys, Grizzly Peak, Sniktau, Herman Gulch and so much more. With the exception of Grays, you'll see the other 3 peaks on much of the hike.

Completed this hike June 16th. This was my second attempt after a storm pushed me off earlier this year. Summit views were spectacular, the climb is difficult with the very steep incline towards summit where you need to just pick your own trail, straight up or switch back up, either way is challenging but worth it. The parking lot may be full but this trail is empty, very few people take this route. It is beautiful and rewarding!

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4 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers and plenty of water on the way up for my dog. Parking lot was completely full and lots of people and dogs on the trail. Great hike!

Beautiful! Sign says 2 miles each way but it’s more like 3+. Took us 4 hours. Keep right at the fork near the end of the trail if you want to go higher up to get a better view. Trail just kind of ends- you can keep going to get to the saddle. Steep hike in several areas.

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4 months ago

This is definitely a beautiful hike with tons of wildflowers. For the most part there were few people. Ran into most of them close to the trailhead around 8:30.

The hike to the saddle of Mt Parnassus took about two hours round trip. I left the car around bud 6:20 and the trailhead was already busy. Its a pretty steep climb from where the trail splits on the other side of the creek about 1.5 miles up the trail. Ran out of time to make the Mt Parnassus summit, but it probably would have been another 45-60 minutes to summit from the saddle

Don’t get scared off by the huge number of cars at the Herman Gulch trailhead. Very few people are there to hike this trail. We saw about 6 other groups on the trail throughout the entire day, which was a nice change. Incredible views and beautiful wildflowers all along the trail. This definitely deserves a ‘difficult’ rating. Once you get up to the saddle, the trail disappears and you pick your own route. We chose to go straight up without any switchbacks and the steepness was unrelenting. Coming down was hard on the knees. It took us 3 hrs up, 1.5 down.

Just did this hike today, and I about died at the very end of the trail trying to get to the top, but it was well worth it with the views! I loved every part of this trail and there weren’t many people at all since I think they were all on Herman’s, so it was nice to not have it so crowded. We got there at 8 am and the parking lot was packed by the time we finished and came back, so I recommend getting there early. Such a beautiful trail though!

on Watrous Gulch Trail

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4 months ago

Dry except for some small streams that you cross. Great for dogs. Wildflowers galore. Not many hikers on the trail.

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike.

4 months ago

Great early morning hike up Watrous this morning (6/26). Got to the parking lot at about 5:45am, and there were already lots of cars - they must have been on Herman’s as i didn’t see anyone on this trail until on my way down.

I will say that this is definitely on the “Hard” side of “Moderate”. It is very steep in parts, with lots of considerably rocky terrain to navigate through (some pretty loose). Lots of very muddy areas as well, and the makeshift bridge going over the one stream crossing was too slippery to cross, so I had to wade (no big deal, not too deep). So hiking boots are a must, as are trekking poles for the way down.

Also, I don’t think the GPX waypoints one can download are accurate - downloaded into DW Maps on my garmin fenix 5, and when I got to what should be the 1/2 way point/turnaround based on the mileage noted in the AllTrails description, the gps said I still had a 1/2 mile and almost 750ft of elevation to go. As others noted, where I was standing the trail kinda “petered out”, so there was no place I could continue. Just something to be aware of.

Despite the navi problems, really fun, challenging and beautiful hike.

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4 months ago

Beautiful low-volume use hike, with a shared packed trailhead with Herman Gulch. Trail follows a creek up most of the gulch, and then peels off to the right side of the creek up the basin towards a saddle with views reaching out to route 40 and Berthoud Pass. The last .2 miles up to the saddle is just on the alpine tundra with no true trail. The view descending the gulch is primarily Mount Sniktau and Grizzly Peak. We chose to also ascend Woods Mountain which was to the left from the saddle at the top of the gulch. No snow left and just a couple of stream crossings made for a very dry and warm hike. Be aware of the weather as the last portion of this hike is above tree line. Also, no garbage facilities at the trailhead, so please pack out your doggo poop.

done 6/23, so much bush whacking and a lot of unclear trail until you get above treeline (aka more than half the hike). this route makes the most sense in winter-- would recommend pairing with citadel from Herman gulch instead unless your main goal is to ski this peak

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of open fields of wildflowers, streams, and gorgeous Mountain View’s.

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4 months ago

This beautiful trail is SIGNIFICANTLY less traveled than the sister trail - Herman’s Gulch - which shares its trail head. While this trail doesn’t have a lake, the views and wild flowers are stunning.

The trail was a bit steeper and more challenging than I was anticipating for a moderate trail, and it’s not a loop. (I can’t figure out while All Trails says it’s a loop). For the first mile you can hear the highway, but once you get deeper in it’s quite. Quite and beautiful!

I definitely recommend this trail way more than Herman Gulch. Barely anyone when I went on a Wednesday although there were lots of cars in the parking lot. Trail slowly disappears up top but it makes for some of the best exploring. Flowers are everywhere as well

Nice waterfall and creeks alongside the trail. Steep for the first bit (maybe 0.5 miles) and it levels off.

Nice hike with great views on top! Consider following the trail all the way toward the saddle until it peters out - then head right to the summit. The route provided has you going off trail a bit earlier and is quite steep in places. This could be problematic for some.

Very peaceful trail compared to many of the the others in the area. You hike through woods to and open valley and up between a saddle and beer right. Once at the saddle the trail to summit isn’t really defined, so I made my own line. You have the option of summoning woods and Bard peak as well as on me other. It’s fairly steep but a great hike close to Denver.

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