Mt Bancroft – 13,262, Parry Peak – 13,391, and Mt Eva – 13,130

RT Length:  7.29miles

Elevation Gain: 3921’

I got lost in the dark on the drive up to Loch Lomand and accidentally took an intense 4WD road.  Let’s just say, if you’re on a 4WD road that requires serious 4WD skills, you’re on the wrong road.  I made it to Loch Lomand, passing several great dispersed camping sides along the way, parked, and was on the trail at 5:45am. 

It was still dark when I started out, and I didn’t take the most efficient route, but your main goal is to get to the upper basin, near Lake Caroline. I did this by following a trail around the Loch, and then heading west, up a gully.  You’re aiming to get here, by avoiding as many willows as possible.

I started by following this trail

And then headed up a gully

Eventually the willows ran out, and I was on rocky tundra.  I followed this tundra west

Once un the upper basin, I kept Lake Caroline to my right and gained the ridge.  This can be done any number of ways, Here’s my route:

It was rocky here, but all class 2

Once on the ridge, I could see the summit cairns to the northwest, and aimed for the summit of Mt Bancroft.

I summited unranked Mt Bancroft at 7am.  There were two large cairns at the summit.

Mt Bancroft:

From Mt Bancroft I turned and looked west.  It was a simple ridge hike to both Parry Peak and Mt Eva.

I followed the ridge west towards Parry Peak. Here the wind picked up, and didn’t stop for the rest of the hike.  There were faint trails here

I summited Parry Peak at 7:30am

Parry Peak:

It was WINDY!  Much windier than the forecasted 5-10mph.  I was glad I’d packed my winter gloves.  As I recall, the last time I was on this ridge it was super windy as well.  The wind made the nice day quite cold. There was a storm coming in, so I kept going, turning and following the ridge southwest towards Mt Eva. There are faint trails here too.

This was another simple ridge hike, that got a bit rockier at the end.

I summited Mt Eva at 8am

Mt Eva:

Today felt really laidback:  it was easy to cruise along the ridgeline, without any major obstacles keeping me from slowing down. Here’s looking back at Parry Peak and Mt Bancroft from Mt Eva

There was a downed communications tower near the summit of Mt Eva.  I’m guessing wind was involved.

And now to head back to Parry Peak. 

I re-summited Parry Peak, and then headed back to Mt Bancroft.  I decided to actually summit these peaks again, as it felt like a really easy day and I welcomed the extra elevation gain.

Mt Bancroft from Parry Peak

I re-summited Mt Bancroft, and then followed the ridge southeast

Here’s my overall route out of the basin, keeping Lake Caroline to my left this time

I just kept aiming east, for Loch Lomand

It was much easier in the light of day to navigate my way

I made my way east to the trail, then followed the trail southeast to my truck

I made it back to my truck at 10:15am, making this a 7.29 mile hike with 3921’ of elevation gain in 4.5 hours.  I was surprised at how quick todays hike seemed to be. As I looked behind me, huge storm clouds were starting to form:  it’s going to snow!

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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