RT Length: 6.65 miles
Elevation Gain: 3448’
I started from the Ruby Gulch Trailhead at 6am.
I headed south along the road, and turned left at the danger sign (visible from the parking area)
I followed this closed 4WD road for just under a mile.
At 10835’ I left the trail, to follow this drainage east. There was a small cairn on the left, indicating the entry point from the road
You could probably follow the drainage all the way to treeline, but I only followed it for a quarter mile or so, and then I gained the ridge to the left.
Once on the ridge, I followed it northeast to treeline
Once at treeline, the route was obvious. I just followed the tundra towards the summit.
The tundra eventually gave way to rocks. I hiked up and over them (class 2)
And could then see the summit. There was even a trail for some of this part of the hike. This was all very straightforward, class 2, and easy to navigate.
I summited Engelmann Peak at 8:20am
From Engelmann I could see Robeson, Bard, and Parnassus to the south
I’d already summited Bard and Parnassus, but wanted to get in unranked Robeson just to finish out the group, so I headed south.
The entire route to Robeson was on tundra. I lost 560’ of elevation, then gained 345’ to the summit.
There was nothing remarkable about the summit. I summited Robeson Peak at 11am
Now to head back. I retraced my steps northeast to the Engelmann/Robeson saddle
When I got to the saddle I turned left, put on my microspikes, and headed west down the drainage. The drainage goes class 2 all the way down, but I’m sure during a lot of the year there’s snow to contend with.
At treeline the gully became narrow, and a small stream formed, but it was still easy to follow the drainage
Eventually I came to a dirt road, and took that road west towards the road I took in
I took that road north back to my truck
I made it back to my truck at 11am, making this a 6.65 mile hike with 3448’ of elevation gain in 5 hours.
On to the next trailhead!