Mount Parnassus (Colorado)

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Mount Parnassus
Mount Parnassus from Loveland Ski Area.jpg
Mount Parnassus, as seen from Loveland Ski Area
Highest point
Elevation13,580 ft (4,139 m) [1][2]
Prominence537 ft (164 m) [2]
Isolation0.98 mi (1.58 km) [2]
Coordinates39°43′12″N 105°49′21″W / 39.7199869°N 105.822509°W / 39.7199869; -105.822509Coordinates: 39°43′12″N 105°49′21″W / 39.7199869°N 105.822509°W / 39.7199869; -105.822509[3]
Mount Parnassus is located in Colorado
Mount Parnassus
Mount Parnassus
LocationClear Creek County, Colorado, United States[3]
Parent rangeFront Range[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Grays Peak, Colorado[3]
Easiest routeHiking

Mount Parnassus is a high mountain summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,580-foot (4,139 m) thirteener is located in Arapaho National Forest, 5.4 miles (8.7 km) west-northwest (bearing 288°) of the Town of Silver Plume in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Location and geography[edit]

Mount Parnassus sits east of the Continental Divide in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The summit is located near Interstate 70.[4] The higher Bard Peak, at 13,647 feet (4,160 m), sits nearby, and the closest major town is Silver Plume, Colorado.[5][8] It is also in close proximity to Woods Mountain, Mount Sniktau, Engelmann Peak, Robeson Peak, and Pettingell Peak.[9]


By automobile, Mount Parnassus is about one hour west of Denver. Hikers may reach the summit of the mountain on foot by following the Watrous Gulch Trail, starting at the Herman Gulch Trailhead off of Interstate 70.[4] From the trailhead, visitors must hike roughly 7 miles (round trip) and gain roughly 3,300 feet (1,000 m) in elevation to reach the summit.

Historical names[edit]

  • Mount Parnassus – 1933 [3]
  • Scout Peak

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The elevation of Mount Parnassus includes an adjustment of +1.732 m (+5.68 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mount Parnassus, Colorado". Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Mount Parnassus". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Mount Parnassus". Front Range (CO). Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b " - Mt. Parnassus". Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  6. ^ Roach, Gerry. "Colorado's Summits – 13,000 to 13,999 feet". Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Parnassus, Mount". CO Peak Statistics. Lists of John. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Mount Parnassus Summit - Colorado Mountain Peak Information". demand|Media Sports. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Mount Parnassus". Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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