We arrived at Ruby Ridge yesterday to soup after a favorable forecast the day before. Thankfully the clouds lifted enough by morning for us to get views of the surrounding peaks and most importantly, Shuksan and Baker. The climbing was easy and pleasant. A great way for me to be welcomed back to the North Cascades. Highly recommend!!
Was a long long day of hiking in heat, but the views were e p i c at the summit. Would've been better without all the wildfire smoke, but was still a grand day out.
Car camped at Colonial Creek Campground the night before. Got an early start and went up in the dark. Not much snow until above 3000 feet. Put on showshoes right around 4,000. The snow was just screaming posthole all the way until the ridge started to open up and the snow became much more solid. The bushwack on the route is not bad at all. Not much bush to wack this time of year. However, there are at least half a dozen cliffs along the ridge that you must navigate around. You either go left or right around each one hoping you made the right choice. Especially tricky to do in the dark. The upper ridge was very scenic and straightforward. Suggest an ice axe and crampons for the last bit. We saw a small group of skiers coming up the Happy Creek Route from summit. Give yourself some time for this route and be patient with the cliffs on the ridge. There could very well be nasty consequences if you go the wrong way...
Bushwhacked then snowshoed up the Happy Creek route on the north side that skiers seem to favor. The lake is a neat addition to the already nice view.
Nice view up the lake to Hozomeen. The old trail is nigh-impossible to find on the way up, so I ended up bushwhacking most of the way, then following it down. The junction is well past the campground when coming from Thunder Creek, but the trail is essentially invisible before the "abandoned trail" sign. Trip report.
One of the best summit views for a 7000 foot Washington peak. We camped nearer the summit, 7 hours going up and 4 coming down.
A beautiful hike on a nice sunny day. I think I've figured out why most hikers (myself included) lose the trail at 3900'. It is very easy to miss the first switchback (hard left turn) at N48 39.896 W121 01.912. Judging from the condition of the false trail that continues straight ahead, almost everyone gets lost here. I tossed a bunch of dead branches on the false trail, which will hopefully prevent some frustration in the future. Other than that, a straightforward climb with a nice view.
Eric's tent made for a comfortable night's rest not far off of the abandoned trail. A nice layer of morning clouds made for good hiking on summit day. Clouds seem to dissapate in about a 15 minute period leading to a dramatic unveiling of peaks in all directions. Only patches of snow on the SW side route. If you lose the old trail for more than a 100 horizontal feet, look around some more. We were off trail between 3900 and 4200 but on the way down, we had no problem following it the whole way.
We did this with a camp a little bit above Fourth of July Pass. It's an easy peak per se but it was a grunt for me. Great views on top but most of the route is just in forest. Ken did a great job tracking the trail but it was a little bit tedious to follow. I really think they should build a real trail to the top of this peak. Oh well.
A great winter climb!
Climbed Ruby after camping at 4th of July pass. We never saw any sign of trail due to snow. A few inches of snow at 4th of July turned into knee-deep snow near the summit. Our hike along the ridge towards the summit was tricky with no visibility. Great climb.
I had wanting to summit this peak for some time. I had heard how difficult the Ruby Mountain Trail route might be, but I wanted to find out for myself. It was easy to follow until ~3900' elevation, and then I re-encountered the trail again at a small open rocky area at ~4950' elevation. The summit views of North Cascades peaks might be the best I have ever seen in that area. This mountain summit is highly recommended!!!