Ruby Lake - Mono Pass Trail

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

Thursday, July 20 through Sunday July 23, 1995.

Brief: Moderate to Strenuous, 18 mile roundtrip, 1800 feet elevation gain.

What: This backpack begins at the highest trailhead in the Sierras at 10,250 feet. Our first nightís stop is at Ruby Lake which is surrounded by mountains that exceed 12,000 feet. On Friday we will hike over 12,000 ft. Mono Pass and into the Pioneer Basin to a campsite at Third or Fourth Recess. This area is new to me so we will be doing a bit of exploring. Saturday will depend on how the group feels--we may hike back over Mono Pass to Ruby Lake again to prevent a long day on Sunday.

Where: Ruby Lake and Mono Pass are located in the North Eastern area of the Sierra Mountains.

When: Thursday July 20. It is recommended that you drive to the trailhead the night before to acclimate to the altitude (July 19).

Who: The size is limited to 6 persons by permit from the Forest Service so reservations are required and open to anyone (XMBC members have priority). Reservation cut-off is July 16,1995. There will be a $3 charge for everyone who goes, to cover the permit fee. This is rated as a moderate hike, strenuous if we hike all the way out on Sunday. The pace will be slow so I recommend this trip for adults who are in fairly good shape and would like to explore the Sierras. Dogs are not allowed in the National Park (opposite side of Mono Pass).

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.

This area is popular with bears as well as people so bring 50 ft. of rope and stuff sacks for hanging food in trees by the counter-balance method.

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 Bruce.

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 (Thursday morning breakfast).

Questions?Call: Bruce Corning at (310)333-3568 work or (310)325-8735 home. E-mail BCorn.LAX1B@Xerox.COM (or BCorn:LAX1B inside Xerox).

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