Hiking Ruby Basin

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Hiking Ruby Basin

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I am looking for backpacking partner(s) for Ruby Basin in the San Juans on Labor Day weekend, hopefully also summitting Mt. Eolus.
I attempted this two years ago, but I didn't follow the right trail, then I didn't have enough time, so I ended up just going to Chicago Basin.
I am quite an experienced and fast hiker, but I am mostly concerned with proper camping in the wilderness with potential thunderstorms.
I will be flying to Denver, then driving to Durango, then taking the train to Needleton. In addition I plan to do other hikes in the area (e. g. Ice Lakes basin, Rocky Mountains National Park)
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Some thoughts....

Most peeps climb Mt. Eolus from Chicago Basin. What route do you intend to climb Eolus from Ruby Basin?
Ice Lakes Basin is currently closed due to the wildfires from last year, and RMNP isn't really in the 'area'.

Camping in the wilderness with respect to t-storms? Camp below treeline and not under the tallest tree in the neighborhood. Practice LNT.
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Here's a trip report about climbing Mt. Eolus from Ruby:
https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/triprepo ... trip=12632

Looks like Ice Lakes Trail is likely closed in 2021: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/ ... EPRD915778
However, the map linked from that page shows the basin itself is open, so you can get back there with a little creativity I bet.
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Be prepared for debris hopping and willow wacking. Makes Chicago basin look like a popular 14er trail
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uh...Chicago Basin is a popular 14er trail :lol: Superhighway, in fact!

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TomPierce wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:30 pm uh...Chicago Basin is a popular 14er trail :lol: Superhighway, in fact!

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Haha, here are current conditions out here atm
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Skimo95 wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:41 pm
TomPierce wrote: Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:30 pm uh...Chicago Basin is a popular 14er trail :lol: Superhighway, in fact!

-Tom
Haha, here are current conditions out here atm
that taken pretty recently? looking dry!
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Re: Hiking Ruby Basin

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Thank you all for the input.

Eolus: I was hoping there is a way to cross into Twin Lakes basin from Ruby basin and from there follow the usual route. Looks like Stratosfearsome's suggested route is better. Third option I am starting to think about: climb Turret or Pigeon instead of Eolus. How hard would that be, comparative to Eolus? Worst case scenario, will have to go around via Animas valley and Needle creek.

Camping: From what I see from trip reports people camp right under Pigeon and Turret (I think), with no trees around - see tent pictures below. Is this not advisable?
http://www.100summits.com/trip-reports/ ... -adventure
https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/triprepo ... trip=18250

Ruby basin trail: Skimo95, Is the picture of Ruby Lake from the trail?

Ice Lakes: I have read about the closure and alternate access from Swamp Canyon
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Yes Ruby from the trail, pano from summit of Pigeon. The north faces were obviously much more loaded and the guys I took the train back with wish they had crampons over spikes (Chicago basin). After much down climbing I called off Jagged myself, can’t wait to get back and do some more bushwhacking. Sometimes one set of gear doesn’t work for 3 peaks, but having those basins to myself all last week made it worthwhile.
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Re: Hiking Ruby Basin

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Skimo95,
Where do you camp?
Do you know if it is possible to climb Eolus from Ruby Basin, or cross into Twin Lakes Basin from Ruby Basin?
How hard is it to climb Pigeon or Turret, compared to Eolus? Does it need climbing gear?
Do you have any tips for gettin on the right trail for Ruby Basin from Needleton? Last time I followed a trail down in Animas Valley up to Ruby Creek confluence, there I lost the trail and I turned back. I remember passing some private property house, then a meadow. Do you know where the junction is relative to the house?
I'm doing this in September, so I am not so concerned about snow (unlike two years ago, when I went in July)
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atodor wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:38 pm Skimo95,
Where do you camp?
Do you know if it is possible to climb Eolus from Ruby Basin, or cross into Twin Lakes Basin from Ruby Basin?
How hard is it to climb Pigeon or Turret, compared to Eolus? Does it need climbing gear?
Do you have any tips for gettin on the right trail for Ruby Basin from Needleton? Last time I followed a trail down in Animas Valley up to Ruby Creek confluence, there I lost the trail and I turned back. I remember passing some private property house, then a meadow. Do you know where the junction is relative to the house?
I'm doing this in September, so I am not so concerned about snow (unlike two years ago, when I went in July)
The trail to the Ruby Creek basin doesn't ascend Ruby Creek until well near Ruby Lake. Roach's 13ers guide provides a good description of the route (trail) from Needleton. There is good camping at the lake and up in the basin (meadow) at 11.6K. From this campsite in the meadow, Turret is an easy class 2 climb. Pigeon takes more work from here (standard SW slopes), as you basically have to circle the mountain (with loss of elevation), and it's class 3/4.

You can cross from from Ruby to No Name (ruby9/No Name Pass) and from No Name to Chicago Basin (using Twin Thumbs Pass). There are several TRs describing this.
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Re: Hiking Ruby Basin

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Thank you, rijaca.
How do you store food in the meadow? Are there trees to hang?
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