Ruth Mountain

Elevation (feet): 7,115
Elevation (meters): 2,166
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 48.859746
Longitude: -121.532822
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1916
Nearest major airport: SeaTac
Convenient Center: Bellingham

Thanks to Joseph Abel for adding this peak.

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.

Trip Reports

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, 2001
    12-14 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, 2000
    A 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.