Ruth Mountain (Jun 20, 2007)

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ruth_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: ice axe
Map: USGS Mt Shuksan, USGS Mt Sefrit
Area: Mt Baker
Reference: Climbing Washington's Mountains (Smoot)
Stats: approx. 11.7mi, 4681' gain (round trip)

Ruth Mountain was the plan. Our group, a somewhat large one, headed up Ruth Creek carrying an assortment of skis and snowshoes. The trail was clear a good part of the way but there was the occasional nasty/rotten snow bridge over creeks that took a bit of care when crossing.

Eventually we hit snow, put snowshoes on and trudged up towards Hannegan Pass. At the trail junction at the pass we headed right, around Pt5870 (the summer trail ends here) and continued up the north ridge of Ruth.

It was great snow conditions, perfect for step kicking. And, the larger group made breaking trail easy and actually fun.

It's a long haul up to the top of Ruth and on the way up, legs started to get tired. I picked up my head during one brief rest to see a nice sun dog forming over the summit. Quick...get the camera out... I was able to snap off a couple of photos before the sun dog disappeared.

We took a nice long break at the top to get well rested for the hike back out. It was a bit windy so we took cover in the rocks below the high point. The views from the top over to Icy Peak, Seahpo Peak and Jagged Ridge were spectacular.
Ruth Mtn Slideshow

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