Ruby Peak (California)

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Ruby Peak
Ruby Wall.jpg
Ruby Wall is in the center with Mount Mills on the left and Mono Pass on the right
Highest point
Elevation 13,194 ft (4,022 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 588 ft (179 m) [2]
Parent peak Mount Mills[1]
Coordinates 37°24′32″N 118°46′56″W / 37.408898°N 118.782256°W / 37.408898; -118.782256Coordinates: 37°24′32″N 118°46′56″W / 37.408898°N 118.782256°W / 37.408898; -118.782256[2]
Ruby Peak is located in California
Ruby Peak
Ruby Peak
Fresno and Inyo counties, California
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Abbot
First ascent 1946 by Fritz Gerstaker and Virginia Whitacre[3]
Easiest route Scramble, class 3[3]

Ruby Peak is a thirteener on the Sierra Crest, north of Mount Mills. It is in the John Muir Wilderness and on the boundary between the Sierra National Forest and the Inyo National Forest. The eastern slope drains into Rock Creek which feeds the Owens River while the western slopes drains in Mono Creek which feeds the South Fork of the San Joaquin River.


The peak's first ascent was prior to 1934 by Norman Clyde via the class 3 East Ridge, and on July 24, 1946 by Fritz Gerstaker and Virginia Whitacre made the first ascent of the class 3 West Couloir route. A grade IV, class 5.11 route, known as Technical Knockout, ascends Ruby Wall and features a large roof. It was first climbed by Richard Leversee, Kim Miller and Roanne Miller in July 1989.[3]


  1. ^ "Ruby Peak". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ruby Peak, California". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 343–345. ISBN 9780898869712. 

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