Southernmost Knob of Twin Sisters Mountain (10,432 ft), 05/04/2003
West of Meeker Park, we parked near the intersection of Boulder County Road 82E and Parachute Hill Road at an altitude of 8480 feet. We started at 11:10, hiking north on Parachute Hill Road, then leaving the road, and heading straight to the top of Parachute Hill at an elevation of 9,045 feet. From the top of the hill, we were able to see the prominent southernmost knob of Twin Sisters Mountain which was 20 degrees west of north by the compass. We began heading in that direction, using the compass, through moderately dense forest. Near the saddle point between Parachute Hill and the southernmost knob of Twin Sisters Mountain, we came upon a road which we turned left onto, and followed it for a few tenths of a mile until the south ridge of Twin Sisters Mountain appeared on our left side. We then left the road, heading up the slope to the top of the ridge. From there we followed the ridge northwest. Near the southernmost knob we scrambled up the steep slab rock to the top of the knob, getting there at about 13:45. We took a few pictures then started heading down. We decided not to try to retrace our steps, since it would be a difficult thing to do, but instead, after consulting the map, we headed down in a southwest direction, eventually meeting a road which we turned right onto until we returned to the saddle point between Parachute Hill and the southernmost knob of the Twin Sisters. From there we left the road, heading southeast for a few tenths of a mile before heading east over the top of Parachute Hill, and then southeast again to reach Parchute Hill Road, and to the truck. We returned to the truck at 15:40. Thanks to Stefan's excellent sense of direction and map reading skill we returned much faster than I had anticipated. This was a great spring hike. There were only patches of snow on the ground, and we left the crowds behind, not having met anyone the whole day. Due to the wooded terrain, using a good topo map and compass was essential on this hike.