Ascent of Rubicon Peak on 2019-08-18

Climber: Brett Marciasini

Others in Party:Ryan Bernhardt -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Matt Haggard
Date:Sunday, August 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rubicon Peak
    Elevation:9183 ft / 2798 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rubicon has been on the agenda since last summer and I finally had a chance to do so. The short mileage was very intriguing to make this an afternoon hike. After tackling Maggie’s Peak in the a.m., we made the short drive up to Rubicon.

100 yards up the trail you get your first view of the peak and at this distance it is very demoralizing.

We made good time up the first mile, but most of it was graded pretty level. Then the climbing starts, and a short while later the real climbing starts. The last 3/4 mile is over 1000 feet of climbing. Towards the top, the trail gets a little harder to follow through the rocks and there are many cairns to confuse you. Just keep going up and towards the left, eventually you will see the summit block.

The summit block is a large piece of granite and finding an easy route took a few minutes. Matt went up the north end and found some heavy exposure along the knife edge. He made his way over to the summit from there. I went to the right and found a shorter class 2 route up towards the southwest side. This led up to a knifes edge, but had a wider area to walk along on the way to the summit. There is a like a 1000 foot drop off the east side. The views up here are amazing 360-degree views.

No summit register located. For me, a peak that you do once and call it a day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2287 ft / 697 m
    Total Elevation Loss:34 ft / 10 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2287 ft / 697 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2253 ft / 686 m; Extra: 34 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:34 ft / 10 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.3 km
    Start Trailhead:End of Highland Dr.  6930 ft / 2112 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes

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