Ascent of Ruby Hill on 2012-05-27

Climber: Craig Willis

Others in Party:Adam Walker
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ruby Hill
    Elevation:4957 ft / 1510 m

Ascent Trip Report

I am writing this as an update to Eric Noel's TR from a few years ago.

Adam and I went to Ruby Hill while Paul (who had already been to Ruby Hill and he wanted to summit something new to him) went to nearby Neville Ridge.

First, Eric's description of the peak and highpoint contenders is correct. In fact, we even found at a cairn next to a tree at one of the southern contenders, although Adam and I both believe the "Ruby BM" location is still the highest spot.

Second, we parked too far away. There was a small parking spot across from a very steep open slope ENE of the Ruby BM, but we wanted to drive a little further north to lower our elevation gain. Our plan backfired, as the next roadside parking spot was NE of the Loup BM location and immediately E of Point 4805. The hike was easy, and we even found an old path traversing along the ridge.

Third, and most important (in my opinion), DO NOT take a standard passenger vehicle along Buzzard Lake Road. The road condition has greatly deteriorated in the four years since Eric went there. There are *A LOT* of ruts, rocks, and stream runoffs on the road. Four-wheelers have torn up the road, too. I nearly high-centered several times. Paul's AWD passenger vehicle had slightly better clearance and did a better job of the drive. We drove in from the south and went out from the north. The road conditions north of Ruby Hill were absolutely horrible, with a few sections of road starting to disappear (with large dropoffs along "China Wall"). The road conditions south of Ruby Hill are better, but quickly deteriorating and not maintained. I expect the road conditions to only worsen over time, although high-clearance vehicles should have no problems.
SIDE-NOTE: We stopped at a store in Conconully, afterwards. We were on our way to Funk Mountain and asked the store clerk if the road conditions to it were good for a passenger vehicle. She thought so, but then happened to mention that the main road system we should definitely avoid is Loup Loup Canyon Road and Buzzard Lake Road north of Ruby Hill, which she dubbed as having the worst road conditions in the area. We then told her that we had just come from there, to which she seemed surprised we made it OK. I never plan to return on that road system again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:507 ft / 153 m
    Total Elevation Loss:507 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:377 ft / 114 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 327 ft / 99 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Start Trailhead:4630 ft / 1411 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:457 ft / 139 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 327 ft / 99 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    End Trailhead:4630 ft / 1411 m

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