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, Colorado, drive 0.9 mile north to Slate River Road (FSR-734). Follow Slate River Road to Poverty Gulch Road (FSR-552 or shown as FSR-734.2A on the Trails Illustrated Map) just before Pittsburgh, Colorado. For the shortest hike, use the Baxter Basin Road approach. Follow Poverty Gulch Road (high clearance) up Poverty Gulch, then follow four wheel drive Baxter Basin Road (FSR-552.2A or shown as FSR-552 on the Trails Illustrated Map) to its terminus. Hike north past a n unnamed lake, gain the Augusta Mountain-Mineral Point saddle, then follow Augusta Mountain's eats ridge to the summit.
Snow closure is less than 3 miles from the CO 135/Slate River Road intersection. When Slate River Road is closed, using the Poverty Gulch Road approach will add ~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.
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