The weather forecast was rain and snow, so I planned something easier to do. Mount Owen and Ruby Peak with fresh snow on the ground. Lovely day and did not see a soul.
The road is now closed to travel =private property, so I had to negotiate around and skirt Ruby Peak high above the road. I guess there is some law suit happening regarding the rights to this road currently.
I climbed late in the day after driving in a ways on the 4WD mining road that goes up towards Ruby Pass (or whatever the saddle between Ruby and Owen is called). There was a fair amount of snow on the road after an early season snowfall, and there was enough snow to form a cornice along the east-facing side of the ridge up to Owen. This made it interesting - I was wearing trail runners on my feet. Great views of Green Lake and Lake Irwin most of the way to the summit, and an easy jog down once I was out of the east-facing bowl below Ruby and Irwin.
Ruby, Owen and Purple from Green Lake Road/Trail. Great views from these peaks, good climbers trails on Owen's ridge avoid the difficulties.
Left from lake irwin campground and climbed snow up a saddle between the Dyke and ruby mountain. Then traversed over Ruby,Owen,Purple,Afley,Oh Be Joyful,and descended down oh be joyful pass into oh be joyful basin where I camped and was picked up at the railhead the next day. Waterfalls galour in oh be joyful basin. One of the prettiest places in Co IMHO.
Did this climb in conjunction with Ruby peak and Purple peak. Nice fall day. Great views of the Beckwiths.
Via Green Lake with my wife Mary Ann, I really enjoyed the light scrambling on the ridge.
A few patches of remaining snow covered the trail leading from Green Lake to the scree slope, but was passable with a little care. Began hike at Lake Irwin campground, followed the 4x4 road up to end of Dike trail and walked north along the East side of Ruby until we came across the saddle trail.
climbed as part of a mountaineering seminar I guided. Turned back by high winds and snow in July.
Hiked Ruby, Owen, and Purple. Great views!
Traversed Ruby, Owen, Purple, and Afley on a beautiful fall day. Peak was fairly mellow, never more than class 2, though there is some very loose terrain to watch out for. Colors near Kebler were just coming in.
A short traverse of Ruby, Owen & Purple. Viewing the fall colors from up high was pretty awesome!
Climbed many peaks in a long day: Ruby Pk, Mt Owen, Purple Pk, Afley Pk, Oh-Be-Joyful Pk, Hancock Pk, Scarp Ridge, Garfield Pk & Peeler Pk. The last 5 were unplanned "bonus peaks". This is great area with some fun, easy scrambling and great scenery. The amount of snow was less than normal for this time of year and posed no problems. I need to return earlier in the fall sometime to see the spectacular colors.
Did this one with Aaron and Ellen. A stunning day in the Elks.
Climbed from Horse Ranch Park, via Ruby's west ridge. Small snow flurries were blowing through all day. Lovely fall colour views to the west whn the clouds would clear. Skipped Ruby, but summited Owen, descended Owen's southwest ridge to Gold Basin. Terrific day, perfect solitude!
Lot of fun .. did a bike / hike combo
Great hike with spectacular views in all directions. For anyone wondering about the condition of the 4WD road to Green Lake, it is definitely NOT for beginners.
Climbed Ruby with out knowing really where I was. "Green Lake" ws crazy gorgous and drove me to keep on climbing to Owen adn beat the weather. Mad my July "shoe turns" glisadding down to the lake. Awesome! one of the prettiest short tours I've ever been on!
Climbed with Gerber (see below). I carried the vowels. pks
Did this as part of a Ruby, Owen, Purple, Afley traverse with pksander. Very beautiful area!
I'd been determined to climb Owen for over a year after seeing the photos on this page. I finally got there and it was every bit as spectacular as I had hoped. This is one of the most amazing and special summits I have ever been on. We had perfect weather and stayed for an hour soaking in the views. No one else at all on the mountain and very little sign that the summit is visited often except for a small cairn. Not even a register.