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.
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
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
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!
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We were just up there Saturday! Did the loop from Fall River Res.
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