DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,116 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

What an incredible hike! I started off around 9:45 AM, made it to Ruby Lake around 10:45. It is the quintessential Alpine lake, just awesomely scenic, surrounded by jagged peaks. After a small snack, I started my way up the switchbacks. Right before you make the turn north, keep an eye out for a small cairn on top of a large flat rock. This leads down the hill a little to an epic view of Ruby Lake. Amazing to just sit, relax, and take everything in.

There was still a little bit of snow remaining at the top of the pass but it was easily manageable in hiking shoes. I have to say the Summit Lake is a bit anticlimactic, just a large puddle, pretty much.

From there, I took a side trip up to Mt. Starr. The best way seemed to be diagonal towards the SE, then switching back NE. The sluff was tough but the loose cobbles, you really had to be vigilant to prevent them shifting and sliding under you. Once you get within 100 feet of the top, you have more solid rock, which provides excellent footing. Then you just work your way along the ridge towards the top. Very sketchy on top as it is a long way down the other side. If you have a fear of heights, you'll feel a little vertigo, especially with the wind. it took about an hour to get to the top from Mono Pass. Round trip with breaks, photos, etc. was a little less than 6 hours.