Up from the TH on Lime Quarry Road. Well, "road" is being generous. Hard TH to find. There is no "9" on the rock but there was like a faint "X". Steep start, got the blood pumping. Few slide areas on the trail just before the gap. Fun hike on the side of the cliff bands. Found the break in the rocks to hit the ridge and then up the spine from there. Cold and windy up top but found a quiet spot behind some low pines off the summit to get a bit before heading back down. Think I'm screwed for photos though, I took a bunch but now looks like my memory card was not formatted so they are gone. :- (
Missed the trailhead, drove through the quarry and on up the mountain until the road became overgrown around 6600 feet. Bushwhacked to Murray Creek, then used the washout to climb directly up the mountain. Muddy conditions made us leave the gulley up high, and we climbed the snowy cliff bands until reaching the ridge. Nice easy hike from there.
Knee deep snow up to the saddle then the ridge was mainly open. Experienced high winds under a partly cloudy sky. Descended the opposite ridge back to Murray Saddle.
Climbed traverse ridge, then benthos buttress, then topped the day off with ruby peak.
Climbed from car at lime quarry to summit in 1 hour 45 minutes, a really good time. Encountered several sqaulls/blizard like conditions on the way up.
Climbed to saddle between Ruby Peak and Traverse Ridge above the head of Silver Creek. Proceeded up ridge to summit of Ruby Peak.