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Fear of Intimacy 
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Hole Shot 
Home on the Range 
If We Bolt It They Won't Come 
Jug Hunter 
Lost Feather 
Medicine Bag 
No Excuses 
One Green Spot 
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Parallel Ventures 
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Quick One, The 
Relic, The 
Techno Savage 
Too Far Gone 
White Eyes Arrive, The 
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The Ruins 

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This south facing rock makes a nice outing during the winter and has some nice variety of both grade and type (trad and sport, 5.8-5.12). Note that some of the routes need two ropes. Some nice ones here include "One Green Spot" (5.9+ sport), "Parallel Ventures" (5.10b bolts/small gear), and "Crooked Sky" (5.10d face/gear).

Getting There 

Park in the lot at milepoint 4.7 and take the steep trail which starts at the north end and follows over the east ridge. Once atop the ridge and just past a fence the trail will continue down to the rock.

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Ruins:
One Green Spot   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
No Excuses   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 40'   
Techno Savage   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   
Parallel Ventures   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Four Crows   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   
Medicine Bag   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Crooked Sky   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Black Feather   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Duh Bulge   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
The White Eyes Arrive   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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John Hayes getting an early ascent.

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Chris on Parallel Ventures. The Ruins has one of the nicer vistas on the mountain, IMO. PHOTO BY HILLARY DAVIS.
Chris on Parallel Ventures. The Ruins has one of t...
After blowing the onsight on this route (Primal Sledge) about a year earlier, I took the opportunity to check it out while rapping down "Home on the Range"..And thankfully got the redpoint a few minutes later..Love the snow near Helen's Dome in the background..
After blowing the onsight on this route (Primal Sl...
Onsighting some of what "The Ruins" has to offer....thanks as always......
Onsighting some of what "The Ruins" has to offer.....
Ryan Suedkamp climbing at the Ruins.
Ryan Suedkamp climbing at the Ruins.
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 13, 2006

A great winter crag with a pulse raising approach.

By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Jan 7, 2007

This lot is below the fee area, so if you have a choice of which car to drive up to this lot, take the crappiest one you can.

I've driven my cracked-windshield older truck up there plenty of times, but when we took my wife's brand-new car somebody decided to take a handful of gravel and throw it at the windshield while we were out of sight.

By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 18, 2010

For those of you who use Google Earth, I've put together an approach map. You can download it from


By Gordon88
Jan 7, 2013

GPS Coordinates
+32 19' 25.45", -110 41' 35.39"
32.323736, -110.693164

The Trail was VERY easy to follow though. Was there for my first time yesterday.

By MikeKane
Nov 3, 2013

Anyone have route info for the newer stuff to the left of Dry Country?

By 1Eric Rhicard
Nov 3, 2013

Hey Mike the first three have been sorted.

By MikeKane
Nov 4, 2013

Thanks Eric. Much appreciate it.