Many mountains jut out against the horizon near Winter Park, CO, to form a breathtaking panorama. But, it’s the tallest of them in the James Peak Wilderness that catches the intrigue of many outdoorsmen of all stripes: Parry Peak. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the mountain, including skiing, hiking, and more. Here we’ll help you make the most of your venture to Parry Peak.

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Things to Know About Parry Peak

Parry Peak is one of the most visible mountains from the Winter Park Resort ski area, and it inspires many snowboarders, skiers, and mountaineer to trek up its slope.

  • The mountain is the highest peak in the James Peak Wilderness.
  • The west side of the peak is very visible from the Winter Park ski area.
  • The Bear Claw on Parry Peak is popular amongst snowboarders and mountaineers.
  • You can access the Southeast Slopes of Parry Peak from Rainbow Road from Fall River.
  • The ridge is not very steep. Plus, it remains snow-free through most of the winter and spring.

How to Enjoy the Mountain

There are two main accesses to Parry Peak: The Bear Claw and the Southeast Slopes. Both are rated as difficult treks, so come prepared and know your limits.

The Bear Claw

Sometimes referred to as the “Baseball Mitt,” this route is visible from Winter Park Resort. The most direct access is from Fraser River Trailhead. You can also traverse Parry Peak on the North Face from Jim Creek Road or on the Continental Divide from Berthoud Pass.

  • Rating: II D5 – D10
  • Season: Spring
  • Exposure: Northwest
  • Vertical: 2,000’
  • Approach Elevations: 9,410’ – 13,100’
  • Approach Distance: From Fraser River TH: 3 Miles
  • Top of Route Waypoint: 39.838, -105.7133

Southeast Slopes

Follow the Continental Divide Trailhead on Rainbow Road for 7/10ths of a mile to the intersection with Chinns Lake Road. Continue on the Rainbow Road one mile to the Fall River Reservoir. From there, hike north along the dam into the forest and then another mile northwest and west to the base of the Southeast Slopes.

  • Rating: D5
  • Season: Spring
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Vertical: 2,000’
  • Approach Elevations:
  • Approach Distance: From Continental Divide TH: 3.25Miles
  • Top of Route Waypoint: 39.838, -105.7133

Live Life in the Mountains

Parry Peak is just one of the adventure you can take here in Grand County. That’s one of the reasons the area is so perfect for your ideal life. Take a look around and you’ll find that our area is full of vibrancy and wonderful things to do. And, at Real Estate of Winter Park, we want you to find your dream home so you can get busy living your dream life! You can trust our agents to lead you to that perfect mountain home with the expertise and savvy you expect. So, when you’re ready to begin the home-buying adventure, contact us! We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for!