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Ruby Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,188'
Location: 37.4088, -118.78223 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: John Stackfleth on Mar 28, 2014
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Ruby Lake at sunset. Photo by Johnny K


East facing wall nestled above Rock Creek canyon. Rock is Alpine granite ranging from exfoliating chossy gnar, to fantastic granite. Routes range from 3rd class to 5.11+. Beautiful setting worth seeing even if only going for a hike.

Getting There 

From Highway 395 at Toms Place(located between mammoth lakes and Bishop just at the summit of the Sherwin grade) turn on to Rock Creek rd. Take this to its end at Mosquito Flats trail head. Head up the trail to the Mono Pass trail towards ruby lake. The turn will be on your right hand side after about ten minutes or so of brisk walking. After some switch backing and good elevation gain you will reach ruby lake. Keep in mind the main hiking trail continues to wrap up and around to the north of the lake. Instead, head cross country towards Ruby lake and Skirt the North Shore which will be to your right as you look at the lake. Be prepared for meandering a faint climbers trail through wet terrain, boulders, and annoying bushes. At this point the Ruby Wall will be apparent. When you have about reached the other side of the lake head up a decent slope and unstable ground. After some good scrambling and an accelerated heart rate you should be face to face with a very impressive alpine wall. The Hike can be done in 1.5 to 2hrs with a light rack and a very fast pace. Add at least 1 to 2 hrs if traveling heavy or if you are not acclimatized.

Climbing Season

For the 06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses area.

Weather station 15.9 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the Ruby Wall

Pteradon 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  California : High Sierra : ... : Ruby Peak
OK, so there is some loose rock on this one. It's not scary, just a lot of exfoliation flakes that need some traffic to clean up. If you willing to brave it though, you will be rewarded with 450' of splitter (mostly) hand cracks from the bottom to the top of the feature!P1, 5.9, 160'- Blocky climbing off the ground gets you up to a solid flake with a nice hand crack behind it. Follow this into the main corner, then veer left and climb a...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Ruby Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ruby Cirque as seen from Ruby Lake
The Ruby Cirque as seen from Ruby Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruby Wall at sunrise.
Ruby Wall at sunrise.
Rock Climbing Photo: left side of the wall.
BETA PHOTO: left side of the wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Left side
BETA PHOTO: Left side
Rock Climbing Photo: Broader photo
BETA PHOTO: Broader photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Overall topo
BETA PHOTO: Overall topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of rock here. Does anyone know of routes on t...
Lots of rock here. Does anyone know of routes on t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruby Wall of Ruby Peak: (1) East Corner (LeMay-Car...
BETA PHOTO: Ruby Wall of Ruby Peak: (1) East Corner (LeMay-Car...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ruby Wall
The Ruby Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruby Peak/Wall
BETA PHOTO: Ruby Peak/Wall

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By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 19, 2014
Is there a guidebook that covers the area? Or is this being actively developed?
By C Miller
From: CA
Jun 19, 2014
There is coverage of this area in R. J. Secor's book -
By John Stackfleth
Jul 12, 2014
The high sierra guide by Moynier includes the ruby wall. However the topos are seriously lacking. The area is not being seriously established either. Definitely room for more routes.
By Jim H
From: Pasadena, CA
May 27, 2015
There is a great TR with beta photos at

By kenr
Sep 2, 2017
some Approach routes + Climbing + Descent routes now shown
- - > on this Map

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