Ruby Dome Climber's Log

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Nicholas S

Nicholas S - Aug 9, 2020 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2020

Nighttime ascent on 8/8 with sketchy experience on descent  Sucess!

I began on Saturday evening at 18:00 hrs, and at 23:00 I was standing on the summit. I surely faced some dangers going up and down because I'd chosen to climb this at night. Going up, I ascended to the top of the false summit that's more or less directly between Ruby Dome and Griswold Lake. Little did I know that a route existed, which goes around to the north side of the mountain, or the left side if you're approaching from the west via the Hennen Canyon direction. Either way the exposure some 30 or 40 feet below this false summit got me nervous. I could only see steep, loose rock and then darkness below me as I straddled this area, switching from one side of the chute to the other before finally reaching relief. It appeared that this false summit was in fact higher than Lee Peak to the southwest, though this seems unlikely.
Either way, all went great from there to the summit, and then along the north side on the descent, which was when I realized the route on that side. Some cairns meander along that side, though I still had some slightly technical moved to make in order to descend this section. But it was nothing as sketchy as what was to come.
Upon rounding the north side onto the west face, I got in a sort of zone as I hopped down levels, until suddenly I was next to a massive fault line of some sort. The exposure was similar to the area just beneath the false summit I just wrote about. I chanced it though, hopped down into the perhaps 8-foot-wide fault and descended some 30 feet until I had some steeper cliff-type faces below that seemed navigable enough. I hopped down a few levels until I reached a section that seemed like I could do, but that I didn't want my trekking poles in the way for. I tossed em down, and carefully lowered myself onto the rock face that seemed to have good enough footholds to descend safely on. Suddenly I was stuck clinging onto the side of the mountain with maybe 8 feet to drop down to, which I didn't know how to drop down to while realizing that I'd figured the angle of the footholds wrong. For perhaps five minutes I was there, unable to figure out how to get back up, and unable to locate the right combination of handholds and footholds to make for a safe descent while my 30-pound pack was starting to weigh on me. I will write more about this in detail in my trip report that is to come. In short, that is the worst situation I'd ever found myself in on a mountainside, and had the rock that saved me been loose instead of attached to the mountain, you'd probably be reading the words of a dead man right now.
Getting to Griswold Lake then seemed to take ages, but at least I was safer than earlier, and I contemplated that as I forced myself to take things slowly during every step. Finally, I reached the trailhead at 07:00 Sunday morning. I had brought my tent, but I had no desire to sleep. The whole experience had me wired. I'm still awake while I write this on 8/9 at 21:00 or so. With that said, it's been swell. Be safe, but always adventurous. -Nick


sstratta - Apr 25, 2018 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2018

Summit and Hennen creek ski  Sucess!

Gorgeous and great skiing. Some info can be updated, such as the new office to get the key to the campground is now at the golf course (spring creek) and the phone #s suggested from summitpost and peakbagger don't work anymore. The campground is awesome and in great shape. They didn't charge us 10$/day for the key...just a 25$ refundable deposit, which we wrote a check for (that way if we needed to drop the key off after hours (they have a key drop outside the office) they could shred our check when they got the key back). The trail up Hennen creek is easy to follow and always stays on the left side. Also, it's around 8 miles RT from the campground/trailhead...a sign there now says 3 mi to the lake and 4 mi to ruby dome.


WayneFry - Jan 4, 2018 1:16 am Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2015

NW Ridge Hennen Canyon  Sucess!

Climbed on our way to Ouray. Temps in the single digits. Had to climb through a notch in the heavily corniced ridge to gain the summit. Super fun climb with Rob and Rick S.


Tracy - Oct 15, 2017 4:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2017

From the North  Sucess!

Hiked this one with John Mitchler after a lot of snowfall from the previous winter. We each brought an ice axe and crampons and used them ascending the steep snowy chute northwest of the peak. Beautiful weather but got a bit warm on the way down. Did some wading in Lake Griswold.


Mlasky - Sep 2, 2017 6:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2017

Beautiful Peak  Sucess!

This peak's been on my list since 2008. Had a great trip and time with friends on this. We were even out of all the wildfire smoke!


leftfield - Sep 1, 2017 11:36 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2017

Glad to be here  Sucess!

Started the week with the solar eclipse and ended it with Ruby Dome. Long time coming on this one. Just cloudy enough to make for pleasant climbing, then sunny once I hit the trees on the way down. Beautiful place and just challenging enough climb. My 14th of the 16 Desert Section Peaks in Nevada.


gimpilator - Jul 18, 2016 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2016

37 peaks in 19 days  Sucess!

There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days and on the 10th day of the trip we hiked up Ruby Dome and Ruby Pyramid. Ruby Pyramid was my 40th DPS peak. It's a nice hike and thankfully we didn't pay a single dime to use the crappy campground or access the trailhead. There was a fair bit of snow on the route which made some sections more interesting. Ruby Pyramid is worth the effort because it has a better view. trip report


jdmorehouse - Jul 16, 2016 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2016

2nd Ascent  Sucess!

Up one way, down the other. Lots of snow still, and saw a marmot, and followed fresh goat prints for some time. Lots of bugs.

Apeakhikernv - Aug 5, 2015 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2015

Wow! Thanks for the ducks!  Sucess!

We hiked Ruby Dome today. The trail was marked with clear ducks all the way to the top via the west ridge! It was perfect and easy to follow. Thanks to whoever put in all that effort to mark the route!


michael_hashley - Jul 15, 2015 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015

Kind of difficult but definitely worth it!  Sucess!

Backpacked to Griswold Lake with 3 buddies, started our ascent for Ruby Dome at 9 in the morning. Reached the chute where the cairns were nonexistent, but the trail before the top of the ridge was pretty well worn. Used the chute on the west ridge. Lovely climb and great visibility up at the top. There was a lone jar with a small notebook in it that we signed. A little rough on the knees going down.


calebEOC - Dec 27, 2014 2:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2014

Long time objective finally accomplished  Sucess!

For anyone that enjoys these big Nevada peaks, this sure seems like the crown jewel. A nice hike up Hennen Canyon in good weather, and nice views of nearby peaks in the Rubies. The weather went to crap the following day dashing our Hole in the Mountain plans, but was ecstatic to have finally summited the Ruby Dome.


Moogie737 - Oct 17, 2014 6:46 pm

Seemed more than a county highpoint  Sucess!

Found this COHP more challenging than most, a real boulder fest when dry.


yadahzoemtn - Sep 22, 2014 10:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2014

With a Kitty called Summit  Sucess!

We started at the locked gate a little over a mile from the actual TH. Upon arriving at the TH a stray kitten appeared and took quite a liking to me. He started following me. I thought for sure he would turn around. This little one never gave up. He made it all the way to the summit and back down with me. Everyone we met along the way was in awe of this little fellow. We passed him around on the summit for pictures. He was everyone's hero. I named him Summit.


jdmorehouse - Sep 2, 2014 1:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

Ruby Pyramid to the Dome  Sucess!

A day hike from the private campground's end. First up Pyramid, then over to the Dome. No register on the Pyramid, and only a single sheet of paper in a pill bottle on the other, placed only a week or so before us.

hoek2000 - Aug 17, 2014 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2014

Dome and Pyramid  Sucess!

I hiked to Ruby Dome via Griswold Lake, then went over to Ruby Pyramid. Neither peak had a summit register or benchmark. Looks like someone must have stolen them from Ruby Dome.


seano - May 29, 2014 2:49 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2014

Over from Ruby Pyramid  Sucess!

Traversed from Ruby Pyramid in gathering clouds. Continued west to Lee before returning. Trip report.


scgrant - Aug 29, 2013 9:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2013

Ruby Dome  Sucess!

8/29/2013 Started at the locked gate a mile or so from the actual trailhead. Awesome day and awesome hike. The Ruby Mountains are beautiful and was well worth the drive from S.L. From Ruby Dome I made the quick traverse over to Ruby Pyramid. Did not see one other person the whole hike. From the locked gate I reached the summit in exactly 3 hours and car to car was 6 hr. 12 min.

A Bit

A Bit - Aug 21, 2013 9:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

Hennen Canyon  Sucess!

Nice hike. Dodged some thunder storms on the way up but clear skies at the summit.


slfoo2 - Jun 10, 2013 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2010

Rocky Climb up  Sucess!

Beautiful Views from the top!


joseyinnet - Sep 23, 2012 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

Current home county high point  Sucess!

Went up the west ridge line. Been dreading climbing this for awhile, and really happy it's done! Pretty hard but incredibly rewarding!

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