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Ascent of Ruby Dome on 2012-07-01

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914
Collin Kamholz
John Ide
Date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ruby Dome
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11387 ft / 3470 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an incredible hike- probably the most scenic I have done in Nevada.

As mentioned in other reports, one can borrow a key to the locked gate from the Spring Creek association (see http://www.springcreeknv.net/SpringCreekCampground.html ) for a refundable deposit plus a use fee, but the office is only open weekdays. It is common practice for visitors to park outside the gate and climb over the gate to reach the trailhead. Several residents observed us and none appeared concerned, much less objected.

The trail is very well marked/cairned to the lake, and one can follow it about another 1000 vertical feet, at which point it becomes pretty weak, but route-finding is not a big issue at that point.

The east ridge was described in another report as a perilous knife-edge, but in reality, the top is more like a butter-knife ridge- wide enough to not be an issue for all but those most afraid of exposure. Getting to the top of the ridge, required a couple spots of easy class 3, but is mostly class 2.

While the hike is often done as day hike, it makes for a great backpack. The lake is a awesome place to camp (great views in all directions, including a waterfall on the far side of the lake), and then the summit is an easy morning hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5347 ft / 1630 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:Gate to Griswold Lake trailhead  6040 ft / 1840 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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