Ruby Loop Professional Review and Guide
"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."