Ascent of Ruby Dome on 2019-11-18

Climber: Alex Lennon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ruby Dome
    Elevation:11387 ft / 3470 m

Ascent Trip Report

Though it may be tempting to 'stealth' this peak by parking outside the locked gate, I can only say... just pay for the key. It's really easy to get and the folks at the Spring Creek Association are really nice. Their office is now at the top of the road on Fairway Blvd, in the heart of the Spring Creek development. The tricky thing for me was, I wanted to pick up and return the key in the same day, thus saving myself an extra $10. I also hadn'tcalled about it in advance. So I slept in the parking lot of the Elko Wal-Mart, and drove to the office where I arrived at exactly 8 (they open at 8 and close at 5). I got the key ($10/day + $25 refundable deposit), drove to the gate, let myself in, and found my way up to the trailhead. I was able to get up there just fine in low clearance.

The hike itself is really cool; Griswold Lake is spectacular. Above the lake, the trail continues and while it can be faint it is decently well-cairned as you gain the upper benches of the mountain. In the north bowl below the peak I encountered a good deal of snow. The standard route seems to be to gain the summit from a ridge on the west side, however I decided to go under the summit cliff and gain the more easterly of the two main ridges. This ridge, while more exposed and ultimately a longer hike, seemed to me to be much more straightforward to access. It was a really fun climb on good rock, too. As expected, the Rubies were spectacularly rugged and expansive from the top. I spent quite a while up top, basking in their splendor. Even with lots of summit time, I made great time on the descent and made it back to the office to return the key that afternoon with about 45 minutes to spare.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5037 ft / 1535 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5037 ft / 1535 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4937 ft / 1505 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Start Trailhead:6450 ft / 1965 m
Descent Statistics

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