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A picture of the No-Name Creek Ruby Creek Pass to Pigeon and Turret taken on our way back down to camp at 10,760 feet.
Let the bushwacking begin.
After some bushwhacking we made our way basically into or next to the creek. We made a direct ascent up the creek, with some weaving back and across the creek to a point above the drainage that leads to the southeast. We left the creek and headed uphill and to the left. We emerged form treeline and this is looking ahead.
Looking to the pass.
Pigeon and Turret from the pass at 12,700 feet.
We descended to the west towards Ruby Creek. Looking back towards the pass.
The meadow in Ruby Creek with the trail heading off to the left below the cliffs.
Flowers. The grass was as high as our thighs and wild flowers were everywhere.
Saddle between Pigeon and Turret.
Pigeon from Turret ridge.
View from the summit.
Pigeon from Turret.
The V-notch Class 2+.
Heading down and towards Pigeon camp.
The small saddle you cross through.
Looking down the scree towards the meadow below the southwest Pigeon slopes.
Rock and flower.
Looking up at the steep slopes with Pigeon upper right.
We started at 4:00 am and made it to about 13,300 feet from the meadow at 11,700 feet before the morning light had illuminated the remaining route. We actually were a ways to the left of the loose, gravelly trail. We had stayed on the grass slopes. We waited about 25-30 minutes for daylight before heading across, contouring up to 13,700 feet and hitting the top of the rubble filled and loose gully.
The rock above the gully at the base of Pigeon Peak.
Looking down at Scott from the lower part of the climb and from above the short Class 4. Really not difficult.
Looking up at the Class 4 section and above.
We summited at 6:30 am. The trip down, we followed the standard way going down the gulley and following the trail. I think that the way we went up was better than the one step forward slide back a half step hiking that the trail would have been. We avoided the gulley, going up too. The contour across to the top of the gulley going up was along mostly grass covered ledges, Class 2 with a few easy Class 3 moves.
We hiked out from the meadow at 11,700 feet to Needleton along the North Pigeon Creek Trail. It was a fairly unpleasant hike from 11,200 feet to the intersection of this trail with the Ruby Creek Trail at 9,800 feet or so. There is a trail leaving the meadow but it quickly goes away and then not much of anything until the Ruby Creek Trail. I would not recommend it.
The remaining hikes was along a decent trail as you cross N. Pigeon Creek and make your way back to “Camper’s Meadow” and then the Needleton bridge.
We got on the train at 11:47 am and went on to Silverton, rather than wait for the 4:00 pm train heading back to Durango. Once in Silverton we took a bus back to Durango to the train station and the car. Buses leave Silverton at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:30 pm if you can get on one. You can make a reservation that way instead of riding the train back. The bus ride is less than an hour and a half but does cost $17 more.
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