Peak(s):  Parnassus, Mt  -  13,574 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2019
Date Climbed:   07/26/2019
Author:  Russ58
 Parnassus North Ridge   

Moraine with Ridgeline in the background
Meadow we climbed to access ridgeline

Denise on meadow below ridgeline

Looking back at Ruby Gulch after gaining ridgeline

Lower Ridgeline below the notch

Visible notch above which the character changes to predominantly talus for circa 600'.
Denise on the talus above the notch

Upper ridge line. Easy to stay class 2 by climbing adjacent to ridgeline.

A little scree then we gained the summit.

Descending Parnassus and heading toward Woods

Looking at the north ridgeline with the moraine visible at the bottom.

The route.

Heading down Woods ridgeline toward Ruby Gulch slide path

The route was the center ridgeline in this photo from Woods.

Descending the avalanche path to Ruby Gulch

Enter your trip report here...I enjoy hiking up Ruby Gulch. For a while I have been looking up at Parnassus with the intent of going up one of the ribs on the North Face. They looked doable from the top and bottom the peak. We decided to give it a go. Our route was as follows: Start from Ruby Gulch Trailhead and follow the Woods trail up toward Parnassus for roughly 1.8 miles (11370') and then struck up a broad north trending ridge to a prominent moraine at circa 11700'.

We skirted around the north side of the moraine. Behind the moraine the ridgeline could be reached by climbing up a steep meadow. Climbing the ridgeline required a few easy third class moves. The climb could be kept at class 2 by continuing up the meadow adjacent to the ridge. At about 12470' there is a notch after which the character changes to small talus. At around 13000' the character again changes to intermittent gentle ridge and talus. Climbing the ridge again requires easy 3rd class moves, which can be avoided by hiking on the talus adjacent to the ridgeline. The last few hundred feet of the climb is easy scree. We never wore our helmets though they are not a bad idea if it became necessary to descend quickly via the adjacent couloirs. We returned to the trailhead by following the ridgeline over Woods and down the huge avalanche path that crossed the trail near the east face of Woods.

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