From \"S 8\"/Ruffner MountainPosted On:
2020-08-13, By: supranihilestInfo:
The summit ridge of "S 7" from "S 8" (that is, "S 7"'s west ridge) is a bit of a scramble but not too hard or long. There are a couple of teeny bumps you have to cross over on garbage corn flake rock and then "S 7"'s summit block stares you down. It's easier than it looks and consists of some Class 3 scrambling up gullies and short-lived ledges on the ubiquitous loose rock of the area. We continued on to an out-and-back of Mears, but if "S 7" is your last peak of the day go back to the saddle with "S 8", descend southwest into the basin and stick to the main drainage. There aren't really any surprises in the drainage (besides the obvious loose rock) and it's better than staying high on the rock glacier. Once you reach Deep Creek just continue back the way you came, whether it was from Deep Creek Trail or Whipple Trail.