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Knife Point and Ruby Passes

Backpackers sort out their equipment after leaving the Durango-Silverton train (more formally, "The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad") at the Needleton whistlestop. You are looking at the train station. Backpackers at Needleton whistlestop
Jay gets a picture of the departing train. Jay and the Durango-Silverton train
Another picture of Jay at the Needleton whistlestop. This one shows the bridge (behind Jay) that is used to cross the Animas River to access the Animas River trail and the Needle Range (including Chicago and Noname basins). Jay at Needleton whistlestop
This shows the old telephone pole that marks where the climber's trail up Noname Creek leaves the Animas River trail. In the lower right you can see a bit of the Animas Creek trail, but Jay has turned onto the Noname Creek trail. Telephone marking junctio of Animas River and Noname Creek trails
My first intimidating view of Knife Point Pass from the Noname Creek trail. The pass is the low spot on the left side of pointy Knife Point Peak. Jagged Mountain is behind the tree to the left of the pass. Knife Point Pass and Knife Point Peak from Noname Creek trail
Our campsite in Noname basin. Campsite in Noname basin
Knife Point Pass is the steep, scree gully between Jagged Mountain (on the left) and Knife Point Peak (on the right). Jagged Mountain, Knife Point Pass and Knife Point Peak
View to the west from Knife Point Pass, looking down into Noname Basin. View to west from Knife Point Pass
Another view to the west from Knife Point Pass. The nearer gully is the one that is ascended to reach Ruby Pass. View to west from Knife Point Pass
View to the east from Knife Point Pass, including the Sunlight Creek drainage. View to east from Knife Point Pass
Another view to the east, this one showing Sunlight Peak. View to east from Knife Point Pass
Jay crossing Noname Creek on the way to Ruby Pass. Jay crossing Noname Creek
The ridge seen between the trees is below and directly in front of the Ruby Pass ridge. Route to Ruby Pass
Final approach to Ruby Pass from the north. Final approach to Ruby Pass from the north
Jay nearing the summit of Ruby Pass. Jay near the summit of Ruby Pass
View southwest looking down the Ruby Creek drainage from Ruby Pass. View southwest down Ruby Creek drainage
View to the south from Ruby Pass. View to the south from Ruby Pass
View to the north from Ruby Pass, looking down into the upper part of Noname Basin. View to the north from Ruby Pass
Another view of Jagged Mountain (left), Knife Point Pass (center) and Knife Point Peak (right) -- this one from the summit of Ruby Pass. Jagged Mountain, Knife Point Pass and Knife Point Peak from Ruby Pass
Updated: April 16, 2010
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