Peak(s):  Parry Pk A  -  13,391 feet
Date Posted:  05/24/2010
Date Climbed:   05/23/2010
Author:  JayG
 Parry Peak Sii Descent   

Great ski descent on Parry yesterday. We were able to drive to the switchback/s-turn along the Fall River Reservoir Road and had a fairly easy walk up to the damn.

Following directions in our Front Range Descents book, we headed north of the lake, gained the bowl and made our way to the top. We left the car about 7:15 and were on top around 10:15...back to car with beer in hand by noon!

We benefited from a nice freeze the night before and never put on skins, we followed a boot pack from the damn all the way to the summit. Unbelievable views of the CDT to the north!

A great descent for sure!!!

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 Comments or Questions
Easy Rider

05/24/2010 19:30
Is this the same Parry Pk. That is seen across form Winter Park ski area?
The ‘ol Bear claw!


Road conditions?
05/24/2010 19:50
How far up the road could you get? Estimated from the dam? Looks good up there!


05/24/2010 23:30
Up on Eva on Saturday. There is a pretty bad blockage right where the road goes over the creek, about 2/3 of the way to the reservoir. Road is clear most of the way after that, I bet its clear by next weekend.

05/25/2010 11:51
The bad blockage, was driven thru repeatedly Sunday, I went thru with the atv, but Jeeps and trucks were driving thru it with no problem. So this weekend, it should be passible by car. But only about a half mile or so past that, just past the CDT trailhead on the left, there is still tons of snow blocking the entire road
2-3‘ deep.
Easy Rider, yes, it is the same Parry you see from W.P.
On a side, our plow drivers asked me about the parked cars on
Steuart Rd. in the winter, I told them if they plowed up Steuart a little ways, parking would be off of Alice Rd. We will see how next season works.


05/26/2010 03:09
Yep...same Parry.

And as Paul mentions, you could likely get through the s turn with a mile or so left to the reservoir, but shortly after, there are more significant drifts. You‘d shave another 1/2 mile next weekend for sure.

By the way, the Front Range Descents books advises to stay high and skiers left on the way out, following your ascent up out of the tress (north of the reservoir). We followed the path of least resistance, downhill to the edge of the reservoir and make a few fun turns down to the side of the water. From there, an easy stroll along the edge back to the damn and the 4WD road down.


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