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.
Purple Mountain OverviewPurple Mountain is located in the Elk Mountains less than 1 mile south of Yule Pass and close to the towns of Pittsburgh (Pittsburg) and Crested Butte. It is the most northern peak in the Ruby Range, a subrange of the Elk Mountains. Purple Mountain has two summits. Its numbered summit is the northern of the two. It's highest is the southern of the two, 100 yards south of the northern summit.
Purple Mountain is the 662nd highest peak in Colorado, but the 257th most prominent in the state and the 25th highest twelver in Colorado.
Gerry Roach classifies Purple Mountain as one of Colorado's Classic Peaks. In addition to providing a fun hike and scramble in the summer, the south face makes a fine ski descent in the fall, winter and spring during times of low avalanche danger.
From the summit, 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. Drive 12 miles to Paradise Divide. Hike 2 miles on the Yule Pass Trail to Yule Pass. From Yule Pass continue south to Purple Mountain's summit. For more information, check out Gerry Roach's description.
Fall, Winter & Spring
Snow closure is about 3 miles from the CO 135/Slate River Road intersection, adding 18 miles roundtrip to the north ridge route. During times of snow closure, a more direct assault of Purple Mountain by its southeast ridge is more feasible.
Red TapePurple 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 LinksClimbing Purple Mountain's North Ridge
Skiing Purple Mountain's South Face