DISTANCE
16.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,996 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great trail and great views at the end. When you reach the top (the saddle), just before the decent to Ruby lake there are many great views and places to stop for pictures or lunch. I will admit, looking down at Ruby lake knowing I was going to have to climb back out was a bit daunting. Not to mention the thunder in the distance.
The trail itself is not very steep except towards the end before Ruby Lake. There is plenty of water along the way if you have dogs.
The road to the trailhead is a whole other story. The last 2-3 miles is a pretty rough high clearance road. There was one last feature about .5 miles from the trailhead I just couldn't navigate. My F150 only has a 1" body lift and I didn't trust the rocks and ruts in just one specific spot. By this point there were some pull-offs though. Just be careful not to catch grass on fire with your cats, it is fire season.