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!