Mount Owen (Ruby Range) Climber's Log

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LDuszer - Sep 30, 2013 12:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2013

Nice early fall hike from Lake Irwin  Sucess!

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.


chicagotransplant - Aug 18, 2013 7:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013

Green Lake Trio  Sucess!

Ruby, Owen and Purple from Green Lake Road/Trail. Great views from these peaks, good climbers trails on Owen's ridge avoid the difficulties.


blackhawk - Aug 16, 2011 8:20 am

5 peaks day  Sucess!

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.


JohnnyCO - Feb 20, 2011 5:51 pm

One of Three  Sucess!

Did this climb in conjunction with Ruby peak and Purple peak. Nice fall day. Great views of the Beckwiths.


byates - Oct 3, 2010 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2010

Perfect Fall day  Sucess!

Via Green Lake with my wife Mary Ann, I really enjoyed the light scrambling on the ridge.

joseppie - Jul 20, 2010 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2010

Mt. Owen Climb  Sucess!

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.


Darren9 - Nov 7, 2009 1:21 am

mountaineering camp

climbed as part of a mountaineering seminar I guided. Turned back by high winds and snow in July.

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Dan Leonhard - Sep 29, 2009 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2009

Great Fall Hiking  Sucess!

Hiked Ruby, Owen, and Purple. Great views!


thebeave7 - Oct 8, 2008 3:56 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008

Fall Colors  Sucess!

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.


heather14 - Sep 29, 2008 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008

Amazing Views!  Sucess!

A short traverse of Ruby, Owen & Purple. Viewing the fall colors from up high was pretty awesome!


SarahThompson - Mar 28, 2008 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2007

Southern Ruby Range Traverse  Sucess!

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.


Kane - Mar 2, 2008 11:20 am Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2007

Nice mountain

Did this one with Aaron and Ellen. A stunning day in the Elks.


jfrishmanIII - Oct 1, 2007 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2007

West side  Sucess!

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!


ktimm - Sep 3, 2007 10:31 pm

Fun  Sucess!

Lot of fun .. did a bike / hike combo


jensenl - Aug 17, 2006 2:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005

Amazing Views All Around  Sucess!

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.


seth@LOKI - Aug 1, 2006 1:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2006

Climbed Ruby Peak, Amazing Views  Sucess!

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!


pksander - Jul 18, 2006 6:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Ruby Ridge Traverse  Sucess!

Climbed with Gerber (see below). I carried the vowels. pks


Chris - Jul 17, 2006 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Awesome views  Sucess!

Did this as part of a Ruby, Owen, Purple, Afley traverse with pksander. Very beautiful area!


jrf - Oct 3, 2005 10:31 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: October 1, 2005  Sucess!

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.


JonBradford - Oct 11, 2003 9:09 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge from Ruby Peak Date Climbed: September 28, 2003  Sucess!

I have been lusting after Mount Owens summit for four months. The lovely fall day I chose for my hike turned out perfect. The south Ridge Route on Mount Owen realy was a blast. For some reason I get a kick out of clever routes that look difficult but prove easy. And if you are familiar with the quality of the Maroon Formation you will rejoice that there is no scrambling involved. I lingered on the summit for near an hour before tearing myself away from the glorious views.

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