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Question about some 13ers in the Indian Peaks

Postby Breebee » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:26 pm

Hello all, so I have yet to summit any 13ers, but have my sights set on a few and am wondering the best routes and estimated times to get through them.
I love the Fall River Res. area and St Marys as well, and am hoping to climb Mt. Eva, Perry Peak, Bancroft and James at some point. I figured James peak via St. Marys is best?
As for the others, I had been looking at some maps and it looks interesting to drive up to Fall River, hike south? to Chinns and Sherwin Lake, hike up the basin to the peaks there, gain the saddle and then hike over the ridge all the way to Bancroft. Is this doable? Are there better routes?
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Re: Question about some 13ers in the Indian Peaks

Postby kimo » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:15 pm

Welcome to 14ers.com. I hiked Mt. Eva as my first 13er in Sept 2008. I parked my Jeep at Chinns Lake, hiked past Sherwin and Slater Lakes, and then continued on easy grass slopes to the saddle south of Mt. Eva. From there it's an easy walk to the top of Eva. I reversed my route back to my vehicle. All shown in red on the attached map.

A loop that includes Eva, Parry, and Bancroft is doable. Just continue on the blue route. The ridge walk is on easy talus and grass. The descent/ascent from FRR to Bancroft is on grass-covered slopes. Just park at the location of your choosing and make a nice big loop out of it in either direction. Enjoy.

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Re: Question about some 13ers in the Indian Peaks

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:15 pm

I've done James Peak via St Mary's glacier, and so have quite a few others on this site. Check out the trip reports for this. I skied it, so I'm guessing that won't be useful for you.

As for Eva and Parry, I did them the way you suggest, just in reverse order: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=10801 Either way would work!

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Re: Question about some 13ers in the Indian Peaks

Postby Monster5 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:14 pm

For Bancroft, Eva, and Parry, we did the red route below (brief 5.3 and rap on Bancroft). The yellow route will keep it class 2. Might want to descend a bit further along Eva's E Ridge to keep it class 2+ maybe. Some trickiness and trail finding near the headwall above Fall River Res.

The only reason to start on the Loch Lomond road is for Bancroft's E Ridge, otherwise Kimo's route saves some vert. You could shave some distance off by combining Kimo's ascent from Fall River up Bancroft and using our descent off Eva to Fall River.

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Re: Question about some 13ers in the Indian Peaks

Postby Breebee » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:34 pm

Monster5-thanks for that! Yeah I remember seeing that headwall and also checking it out on google maps and thinking..Ummm how do you climb that!

Bergsteigen-thanks for the response. Yeah for James I have only ever made it to the top of St. Marys, but this summer I want to go all the way.
Nice trip report that was very helpful!

Kimo-Awesome thanks! That map is exactly what I had in mind!
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