Ruby Mountain is located in Ross Lake National Recreation Area and is situated at the south end of Ross Lake. It is visible from the North Cascades Highway. While modest in elevation, the dimensions of this bulky mountain of metamorphosed rock are impressive when considering the diameter is 5 miles, and has 4000 feet of prominence. Even more impressive is the local relief of 6000 feet above Diablo Lake and Ross Lake, which will also happen be total elevation gain on this climb. The summit view is the attraction of Ruby, with a vista north down Ross Lake to Hozomeen Mountain, Jack, Crater, Ragged Ridge, the peaks of the Eldorado Icecap, Snowfield Peak, the Picket Range, and many others. In the 1970’s there was a plan to build a tramway on Ruby Mountain to bring the sights of North Cascades National Park to visitors, since significantly little of the park can be seen from roads. Fortunately, political realities and costs doomed the idea.
Directions: From the North Cascades Highway, park at the East Bank Trailhead, elevation 1500 feet, then follow the Panther Creek Trail for 6 miles to Fourth of July Pass, elevation 3500 feet. From the pass, ascend north along the south ridge 2.5 miles through forest and open slopes on an abandoned trail. At the horseshoe summit ridge, bear west to the summit and expect some minor scrambling. An alternate approach can be made to Fourth Of July Pass from the west side of Ruby starting at Colonial Creek Campground. Plan for a very long day.
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1916|
|First successful climber(s):||Tommy Thompson|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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