Ruby Range OverviewThe Ruby Range is a long, southern extension of the Elk Mountains. Most of the Ruby Range is within the Raggeds Wilderness. Yule Pass and Kebler Pass are the northern and southern boundaries of the Ruby Range, respectively.
OverviewAugusta Mountain is located in the Elk Mountains less than 2 miles south of Yule Pass and close to the towns of Pittsburgh (Pittsburg) and Crested Butte. It is the second most northern peak in the Ruby Range, a subrange of the Elk Mountains.
Augusta Mountain is the 960th highest peak in Colorado and the 323rd highest twelver in state.
In addition to providing a fun hike in the summer, the southeast face makes a fine ski descent in the fall, winter and spring during times of low avalanche danger.
From the summit, its parent, Purple Mountain, Treasure Mountain, Treasury Mountain, Cinnamon Mountain, North Maroon Peak, South Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, "Thunder Pyramid" and "Lightning Pyramid" can be seen.
From CO 135 and Main St. in Crested Butte, drive 0.9 mile north to Slate River Road (FSR-734). Follow Slate River Road to Poverty Gulch Road (FSR-734.2A) just before Pittsburgh, Colorado. Follow Poverty Gulch Road up Poverty Gulch, which crosses the creek to the west and switchbacks up to Augusta Mine at 11,000'. This is the summer trailhead. Follow the drainage west up to a bench lake, then climb the southeast face directly or gain the Augusta Mountain-Mineral Point saddle and follow to the summit. The ridge is no more than class 2, but has a bit of exposure on the north side.
Fall, Winter & Spring
Snow closure is less than 3 miles from the CO 135/Slate River Road intersection, adding ~11 miles roundtrip to the summer route.
Red TapeAugusta Mountain's summit is on the eastern border of Raggeds Wilderness, so motorized travel is permitted from the east.
Mountain Conditions7 Day Forecast for Crested Butte, CO
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Crested Butte Avalanche Center
External LinksSkiing Augusta Mountain's Southeast Face