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Mountaineering: Ruby Peak via East Ridge

Summit elevation: 13,188 feet
8 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing
Ruby Peak • Route Profile
Route Profile

Ruby Peak • Description

Mosquito Flat, located at an elevation of 10,250 feet, marks the trailhead to Ruby Peak (Rock Creek Road, leading up to Mosquito Flat, is the highest paved road in California). The climb to the summit gets progressively more challenging, from trail hiking to off-trail hiking to scrambling to easy rock climbing.
The approach to the East Ridge follows Little Lakes Valley Trail for 0.6 miles, then it continuous on Mono Pass Trail for 1.3 miles, then it follows Ruby Lake Trail for 0.3 miles (2.2 total). At Ruby Lake the approach leaves the trail and leads along its eastern shore, before climbing to a saddle which marks the start of the East Ridge.
Most of the ascent requires scrambling and the final section requires easy rock climbing. The East Ridge gains about 2,200 feet of elevation in a little over a mile. Ruby Peak offers spectacular views of the surrounding summits and valleys with their lakes and creeks.

Ruby Peak • Interactive Map

Ruby Peak • Pictures

Ruby Peak • Approach
Approach
Ruby Peak • Ruby Lake and Ruby Peak
Ruby Lake and Ruby Peak
Ruby Peak • Approach
Approach
Ruby Peak • East Ridge
East Ridge
Ruby Peak • View from East Ridge
View from East Ridge
Ruby Peak • View from East Ridge
View from East Ridge
Ruby Peak • East Ridge
East Ridge
Ruby Peak • View from Ruby Peak
View from Ruby Peak
Ruby Peak • View from Ruby Peak
View from Ruby Peak
Ruby Peak • Ruby Peak
Ruby Peak
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Ruby Peak • Personal Notes

Sandra and I camped at Whitney Portal to acclimatize for a 3-day Mount Russell East Ridge climb. Since we had rain on the first day and the forecast for summit day was bad, we decided to head further north in the Eastern Sierra.
On the first day we climbed (and rappelled) Racing Lizards, a 3-pitch 5.7 climb in Pine Creek Canyon (Bishop area). On the second day we climbed Crystal Crag North ArĂȘte, a 3-pitch 5.7 climb in Mammoth Lakes, camping at Lake Mary. On the third day we climbed Ruby Peak East Ridge, which is similar to Mount Russell East Ridge summit day.
Thanks a lot to Ryan H., our guide.
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