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Year Climbed: 1988
Use the route description for Mount Parnassus first and hike to the summit of Parnassus. From the summit of Mount Parnassus, walk east along the connecting ridge to Bard Peak. At first, you will lose a little over 500 feet in elevation to the saddle, then regain 600 feet to the summit of Bard. Most of the terrain is over tundra with chiprock, some rubble and talus. To descend, either retrace your steps by way of the Parnassus summit (easiest and least complicated; 2.5 miles RT) or it is also possible to head directly south from the Bard summit to Bakerville Exit on I-70. Further down, you may stumble across a trail that will lead you down, but if you don't find it, this descent will lead to some serious bushwhacking. You should probably only attempt this descent if you have left another vehicle at the Bakerville exit, otherwise, you'll have 3 miles of interstate walking to get back to your vehicle parked at the Herman Gulch TH.