This was my 2nd trip to Ruby Basin and finally had time to run up Turret. Did Pigeon previously as a day trip from Purgatory via North Pigeon Creek and did a trip to Ruby Basin to help accomplish all 13ers to a friend - so followed his agenda Peak Fifteen.
It was raining and foggy and the peak appeared magical.
I photographed sunrise from the summit, which was incredible... Trip report: HERE
I tried and failed to downclimb straight to the Pigeon-Turret saddle. It looks like it should go at class 4-5.0, but the route-finding would be easier going up than down. Part of a long Ruby Basin day. Trip report.
Solo adventure run to the summit of Turret Peak from Purgatory TH via North Pigeon Creek drainage. 29.6 miles/12 hours round trip, 9,000' of elevation gain. Beautiful weather, remote setting, incredible views.
After Pigeon Peak, Turret was a piece of cake. Seriously, I reached the top and wondered, "That's it?" Any peak in the Needles is awesome for views, Turret is no different.
Ruby Basin, though a complete pain-in-the-ass to access, is well worth the effort as the views and surrounding peaks are incredible. Next up...Peaks Fifteen and Sixteen!
Shawn and I were determined to beat the storms so we left camp at Ruby Lake at about 1am. Unfortunately, we got turned around in the dark and started to make a direct assault on Peak Fifteen's north side. We realized our mistake and got on track to the Pigeon/Turret saddle, but it cost us time. Even "on track," we had trouble figuring out where the "grassy" sections were. There were a lot more willows to get through than expected. We did Pigeon first, which was more tedious than fun. Being day 6 of the trip and my energy drained, I had trouble getting up Turret. Storms were south, west, and north of the peak, and I was afraid to push my luck again. But Shawn's encouragement got me to the summit.
This seemed SOOOO easy after doing Pigeon, another 45 minutes maybe??? Ruby Basin is one of the prettiest places I've seen!
Walk up, but loose. #31 of 31 on 10 day trip. After this and Pigeon, packed out to Purgatory in the same day.
Scrambled up the wet rocks from the saddle between Pigeon & Turret after having ascended from the Southwest (North Pigeon Creek drainage). Much easier summit than Pigeon; spending time amidst the clouds made us feel like we were on top of the world.
Very foggy day. Climbed with Pigeon from Ruby Basin.
Nice 4th of July climb. Had great weather all day, which is what you need to squeeze in Turret since it takes so long to wrap around and climb Pigeon. The re-ascent to the saddle wasn't bad and we made quick work of the easy ridge.
Headed up Turret on the way back to our Ruby Basin camp from Pigeon, the extra 700+ vertical wasn't bad and went quickly, definitely worth it to add this one on if you have weather, great views of Pigeon's face.
Climbed the standard route after summitting neighboring Pigeon Peak. Camped at 11,400 ft in Ruby Basin for five nights - awesome place!
linked with eolus, and found out why new york basin isn't often visited, since the creek below is a pain to hike through
had a delightful hike up Turret from Ruby Basin. So delightful, in fact, that I left my camera on top so as to have good reason to head back up! 1:21 from Ruby Basin to the summit; I was feeling quite studly. =)
6.5 hours from Pigeon Peak & Needleton.