The Vitals: Elevation change
2,300' - Peak 9,183'
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I have always heard that Rubicon peak is very similar to Waterhouse in that it is a relatively safe tour and is the North Shore's default bad weather tour. With a foot plus of late spring snow, no one to go with, and a desire for something new I headed out May 10th to see what all the hoopla was about. With the snow rotting away at the highway I headed up into the neighborhood via Scenic Drive. The typically bad parking situation was nonexistent today as I had the only car. After May 1 the parking situation eases dramatically anyway. I left the car at 10 am and headed up the gentle ridgeline with great views in all directions. Skinning up the ridgeline probably added unneeded elevation gain to my hike but it was worth it. Most of the way there I wished I had some Gob stopper as the sun to shadow and back was making things very sticky. It wasn't long though before the trees started to thin and it was apparent the top was getting near. When I reached the top I attempted to climb the summit block but gave up with the ski boots and a lack of anyone else to laugh at my falls. I'd been up there several times in the summer anyway, I told myself. After playing around on the peak and then doing some self-action shots I decided to head back down while the snow was still good. Man was it good. Somehow I got sucked to far to the skiers right and eventually noticed the snow getting thin and hollow. I got my bearings and skinned back up to the ridgeline I started on. By now and at this altitude things had gotten real sticky so I stayed in my skin track the rest of the way down. All in all this is an excellent tour and the aspect holds the snow in excellent shape. It is rather mellow although there are some steeper aspects off the front side of the various peaks. It looks like if you dropped a car at Emerald Bay' north rim you could yo-yo ski from Rubicon all the way down to Jakes Peak rather easily. Sounds like a goal for next year.
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