This mountain is pretty close to a walk up. An ice ax is needed just to safe guard a short stretch at the begining of the climb where a slip (although unlikely) would be dangerous. It is a beautifully sculpted mountain, with gently sloping slopes and rock at the very end (i.e. the last ten feet or so). There is an active glacier just off of the normal route. The normal route goes up a steep creek bed with heather all around. After that you traverse under a short rocky nub. This is the most exposed part of the climb, and although the slope is very gentle, a slip on the dense snow would lead to a fall over the rock band. After turning right around the nub, you continue down to a col. From there it is an easy snow slope to the top. A great peak to ski down.
Refer to Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vol. 1, by Potterfield and Nelson for route information.
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1916|
|Nearest major airport:||SeaTac|
Thanks to Joseph Abel for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 2 trip reports for Ruth Mountain.
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- Log #15127 - by Ryan on Sep 15, 200112-14 miles roundtrip. Trickiest part is the trench trail from bench by Hannegan Pass up to knoll. Scramble around knoll steep snow early season, easy talus later. Active glacier with several...
- Log #15128 - by Joseph Abel on Dec 01, 2000A fun an easy climb with great views of Mt. Shuksan. Watch the creek bed on the way up. It gets very slippery and steep. Not a bad idea to keep your ice ax out.