• Date - 06/18/2021
  • Elevation - 12,884'/13,130'/13,391'/13,250'
  • Route - East Slopes/Southwest Ridge/Southwest Ridge/West Ridge
  • Miles - 7.2
  • Elevation Gain - 3,850'
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  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Not Applicable


I had been out of the State for almost a month taking care of my dad who has terminal cancer.  As a result, I missed most of the spring snow climbing season and hadn't been exercising much.  In order to try and get some of my mountain legs back, I decided to try this rollercoaster hike above the Fall River Reservoir that summits four peaks.

I started at Chinns Lake and began hiking due south up relatively steep terrain.  Once I gained the east shoulder of Witter Peak, the grade eased up.  Witter Peak is not very spectacular, but was named on the map.  From here, you make a half circle starting northwest and then past an old communication tower to the summit of Mount Eva.  From Mount Eva, you hike more directly north to reach Parry Peak, the tallest mountain of the day.  From Parry Peak, I hiked due east to reach Mount Bancroft, the only peak of the day I had already been to back in 2008 when I did the more technical east ridge.

I moved pretty slow throughout the day.  I hadn't exercised much lately and I hadn't been to elevation in over a month.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed the morning and hiked the loop in 5 hours and 55 minutes car-to-car.  


The east shoulder of Witter Peak, Sherwin Lake, and Chinns Lake.

Chinns Lake, Parry Peak, Mount Bancroft, and Fall River Reservoir

A look down at all the lakes in the basin from near the summit of Witter Peak.

Mount Eva, Parry Peak, and Mount Bancroft from Witter Peak.

Summit Photo (Witter Peak)

Summit Photo (Mount Eva)

Parry Peak, James Peak, and Mount Bancroft from Mount Eva.

Witter Peak from the summit of Mount Eva.

The southwest ridge of Parry Peak from below.

Summit Photo (Parry Peak)

James Peak and Mount Bancroft from Parry Peak.

Summit Photo (Mount Bancroft)

Mount Eva and Parry Peak from the summit of Mount Bancroft.

Chinns Lake and Fall River Reservoir from the east shoulder of Mount Bancroft.

Fall River Reservoir