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Ruby Mountain

Ruby Mountain is one of the most prominent mountains in Washington, located in one of the most spectacular locations, the heart of the west side North Cascade peaks. Ruby Mountain makes for a good summer hike because it has an unofficial trail to the summit that isn’t on maps. Even better, Ruby makes a superb spring climb on compact snow with little avalanche danger. The gate closing Highway 20 is right at the trailhead so you can climb up even before the highway opens in spring.
Distance: 9 miles
Summit Elevation: 7,408 feet
Elevation Gain: 6,200 feet
Access: Paved
From Newhalem on Highway 20, go east for 9 miles to the Colonial Creek Campground and Thunder Creek Trailhead.
Route:
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Access:
Take the Thunder Creek Trail for 2.1 miles to a junction with the Panther Creek Trail. Follow it for 3.2 miles to Fourth of July Pass. On the east side of the path, as you approach a 30 foot long bridge, look for a hidden path approximately 50 feet west of the bridge. This is the Ruby Mountain Trail. Within 100 yards along the trail, a sign is found that says "Trail abandoned – no longer maintained”. The trail hasn’t had any work for some time so it is overgrown in places. Without the trail or if snow covered, it is still an easy climb to just continue up to tree line and follow the long ridge to the summit.
Panorama from Ruby Mtn. Panorama from Ruby Mtn. Crater Mountain Jack Mountain Ross Lake Mount Logan North Cascades Primus Peak Luna Peak and Mount Terror Paul Bunyons Stump Boston Glacier Snowfield Peak Paul Bunyons Stump Ruby Summit
Looking Southwest
Paul Bunyons
Pyramid Peak
Colonial Peak
Snowfield Peak
Klawatti Peak
Primus Peak
Eldorado
Forbidden
Boston
Buckner
Logan
Tricouni
Tricouni
Looking South
Ross Lake from the summit of Ruby Mountain
Mount Logan
Crater Mountain
Jack Mountain
Primus Peak
Northwest
Northwest to Luna Peak and Mount Terror
Pinnacle Peak
Paul Bunyons Stump, Pinnacle Peak and Pyramid Peak
Boston Glacier
Snowfield Peak
An outstanding summit
Ruby Mountain map
Paul Bunyons Stump