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Rock Creek to Ruby Lake
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2022-09-18  
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Rock Creek to Ruby LakeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,069 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   0.78 mph
1,069 ft AEG
 
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This short hike provides great views of the Little Lakes Valley as it climbs up switchbacks on the Mono Pass Trail to reach the turnoff to Ruby Lake. Ruby Lake is indeed a gem. The hike may be short but starting the hike at 10240 ft elevation at the Mosquito Flat trailhead and climbing to 11150 ft to reach the lake can be exhausting.

I started the hike on a Sunday morning and as I approached the lake several backpackers passed me on their way down after spending the weekend at the lake. Shortly after arriving the last of the lake's visitors left and I had the lake to myself. After exploring a little around the northeast end of the lake, eating a snack, and enjoying the solitude by taking a short nap, I started the trek back to the trailhead just as a couple of latecomers showed up. A cold wind was blowing and they soon passed me on their way back to the trailhead.
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