Ruth Mountain

Glacier, Washington

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Ruth Mountain is a magnificent touring objective. Of moderate height, its gleaming bulk is visible from much of the approach and its summit overlooks rugged Nooksack Cirque and the spectacular Pickett Range. The peak is reached via Ruth Creek directly, or over Hannegan Pass. Ruth Creek lies in a deep gorge, headed at the east end by Ruth Mountain. Virtually the entire approach is exposed to large avalanche slopes beginning 3,000 to 4,000 feet above the trail. This tour should be attempted only by very strong parties and only in ideal conditions—when the snowpack is well frozen. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; permit / fee area; long hike out for monoboarders.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Ruth Mountain is a magnificent touring objective. Of moderate height, its gleaming bulk is visible from much of the approach and its summit overlooks rugged Nooksack Cirque and the spectacular Pickett Range. The peak is reached via Ruth Creek directly, or over Hannegan Pass.

Ruth Creek lies in a deep gorge, headed at the east end by Ruth Mountain. Virtually the entire approach is exposed to large avalanche slopes beginning 3,000 to 4,000 feet above the trail. This tour should be attempted only by very strong parties and only in ideal conditions—when the snowpack is well frozen. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; permit / fee area; long hike out for monoboarders.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9-12 hours
Season: Best April to July
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 7,106 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 14, Mount Shuksan
Driving Directions: Directions to Ruth Mountain

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