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A steep descent on the Northwest Face of Parry Peak, in a zone called the Bear Claw.


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1.0

Miles

1.5

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Ski Line

13,310' 4,057 m

High

11,176' 3,406 m

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0' 0 m

Up

2,134' 651 m

Down

42%

Avg Slope (23°)

93%

Max Slope (43°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This descent is well worth the slog to get to Parry Peak's summit.

Need to Know

Watch for moose.

Description

The descent features a choke near the top in most years; a high snow year may get rid of it. A low snow year may prevent a descent from the summit.

The chute is an incredible, sustained descent that opens up into an ultra fun apron before hitting the treeline. From there, it's a bit of a bushwhack back to US 40 and the Mary Jane access road. It's advised that you park one car down there and one at the Berthoud summit lot.

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Donny O'Neill

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#7

in Indian Peaks

#368

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#7

in Indian Peaks

#135

in Colorado

#368

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Somewhere in the claw.
Feb 1, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the top of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing mid section of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the bottom of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim kicking steps up Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Near the crux.
Feb 1, 2018 near Winter…, CO
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Feb 25, 2023
Evan T
Fun mission! The CDT traverse is easy to follow. The descent was rocky on top but fantastic in the middle. — 5h 00m
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