Summit Mount Ruth, Mt. Rainier NP

Rate this Adventure Washington Glacier Basin Trail

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
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More



Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer

Trail Type:



10.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

5090 Feet



Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Sean Van Dommelen

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

More Adventures Nearby

Hike Mount Catherine

Washington / Mount Catherine Trailhead

Start off on the extremely rough Forest Service 9070 road. Follow this for just over 4 miles until you see a sign for trail #1348 on the right.

Bryan Carroll
31 Saves

Hike to Gem Lake

Washington / Snow Lake Trailhead

The trail to Gem Lake lies along the same trail that passes by the incredibly popular Snow Lake.

Shelby Pothier
23 Saves

Hike to Elk Pass via "the Knife"

Washington / Snowgrass Flat Trailhead

This is a rather long out and back, however, it can also be done as a backpack, which would give you more time to explore the Goat Rocks Wilderness, which is highlighted in other Adventures.

Isaac Desautels
20 Saves