Ruby Loop

Conconully, Washington

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The foothills east of the Cascade Range occupy a transition zone, where dry, rolling, nearly treeless steppes meet the vast conifer forests of the well-watered western side of the state. The silver mines that spawned the late 19th-century boomtown of Ruby have long been idle, but the rugged landscape remains a mix of high ridges, steep canyons, grassy meadows, and stands of aspen that promise late-summer or early-autumn color. Rubble piles, water-filled pits, and rocky little roads that are quite different from the logging roads one finds elsewhere in the state are about all that remain of the region’s mining legacy. Easy, with some steep, narrow and rocky segments that will require high clearance if not 4WD. Note: Old mine sites are dangerous; use caution.
Washington Byways

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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

The foothills east of the Cascade Range occupy a transition zone, where dry, rolling, nearly treeless steppes meet the vast conifer forests of the well-watered western side of the state. The silver mines that spawned the late 19th-century boomtown of Ruby have long been idle, but the rugged landscape remains a mix of high ridges, steep canyons, grassy meadows, and stands of aspen that promise late-summer or early-autumn color.

Rubble piles, water-filled pits, and rocky little roads that are quite different from the logging roads one finds elsewhere in the state are about all that remain of the region’s mining legacy. Easy, with some steep, narrow and rocky segments that will require high clearance if not 4WD. Note: Old mine sites are dangerous; use caution.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Conconully
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Local Contacts: BLM Wenatchee Field Office
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Okanogan National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Ruby Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

5/12/2008
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I have traveledthis loop is starting to be pretty rough. A good 4x4 with off road tires would be required. Very narroow primitive road.



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