Summit Mount Ruth, Mt. Rainier NP

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Added by Sean Van Dommelen

Mount Ruth tops out at 8690' and travels along a ridge with expansive views of Mount Rainier, the Emmons Glacier, and the Three Burroughs. 

Mount Ruth presented a challenge as it was a very hot day to be exposed on a ridge for the entire day. The trek begins in White River Campground parking lot and travels along the White River until you exit at Glacier Basin. Crossing the creek you ascend up to the ridge that leads up and up and up to Mount Ruth. Amazing views and the sounds of icefall we're intriguing as it is almost as if you are climbing Rainier itself. If you continue on you can reach Camp Sherman, but that will make for a much longer day. 

Pack List

  • The Ten Essentials 
  • Plenty of water
  • Potential camping gear - A great hike to camp at Glacier Basin after you summit 
  • Black bears have been known to frequent the area, so be prepared to know your wildlife interaction skills
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

10.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

5090 Feet

Features:

Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Added by Sean Van Dommelen

I explore, photograph, write, and perform music in the PNW. Thanks for visiting!

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