Ruby Lake - Mono Pass Trail

in the Inyo National Forest, Mono Pass area of the Sierra Mountains

Friday, July 30 through Sunday August 1

Brief: Easy to Moderate, 4 mile roundtrip, 900 feet elevation gain.

What: This should be a pleasant beginner backpack with good views of Little Lakes Valley. The trip begins at the highest trailhead in the Sierras at 10,250 feet. Ruby Lake is surrounded by mountains that exceed 12,000 feet. Saturday there will be a choice of activities, you can stay at the camp, hike around the lake and discover natural springs, waterfalls, wildflowers, and much much more. Or, you can hike up to Mono Pass that has an elevation of 12,000 feet and have a panoramic view of Little Lakes Valley and the Peaks that soar above 13,000 feet. The other side of the pass opens up to the Pioneer Basin area. While at the pass you can scramble to the top of Mt. Starr that stands at 12,870 feet. Sunday we will pack up mid-day and be back at the trailhead by 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

Where: Ruby Lake is located in the North Eastern area of the Sierra Mountains. Excellent campsites are available at Ruby Lake..

When: Friday July 30. It is recommended that you drive to the trailhead the night before to acclimate to the altitude (July 29).

Who: The size is limited to 8 persons by permit from the Forest Service so reservations are required and open to anyone (XMBC members have priority). Reservation cut-off is July 16,1993. There will be a $3 charge for everyone who goes, to cover the permit fee. This is rated as a moderately easy hike, the moderate indication is because of the altitude of the trip. The pace will be slow so I recommend this 4 mile roundtrip for adults who are in fairly good shape and would like to explore the Sierras. Dogs are permitted in the National Forest.

Warning: If you have never been on a backpack then you must have the equipment checked by the leader. You should also be advised of the possibility that you may get altitude sickness from high altitude climbing, please call the leader if you have concerns or questions.

Bring: If you have never backpacked before then please call the leader for a list of essentials.

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. The daytime temperatures can range from mid 60ís to mid 80ís. The evening temperature drops quickly as the sun sets. The temperature can go as low as 28 to 30 degrees.

Car Pooling: Call Richard or Beth.

Topo Map: Mt. Abbot and Mt. Morgan 7.5-minute USGS quads.

Directions: Follow the 5 Freeway to the 14 Freeway (Antelope Valley) North. Follow the 14 through Mojave. The 14 varies between a four lane highway to a two lane highway. The 14 merges into U.S. 395 near Inyokern. Stay on 395 through Bishop, approximately 24 miles north of Bishop is Tomís Place. In Tomís Place turn south onto Rock Creek Road, a sign indicates Rock Creek Lake. Follow this road for approximately 11 miles to the trailhead parking area. Allow yourself 6-7 hours driving time from the southbay area. Tomís Place is roughly 225 miles from the 5 Freeway and 14 Highway intersection. An alternate route out of the LA area, depending on your point of origin, is the 15 Freeway North to U.S. 395, which intersects the 15 Freeway north of Victorville. There is a small store at Rock Creek Lake. You can get small items, fishing stuff, and warm showers here. They also have a small counter with coffee and some good food (Friday morning breakfast).

Questions?Call: Richard Cranston (leader) - work: (714) 565-1673 or Intelnet 8*8824-1673


Beth Epperson (co-leader) - work: (619)695-7775 or Intelnet 8*843-7775


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