Jun 11, 2012
Jun 16, 2012 09:32 AM
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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Mt. Rainier -- NE - Sunrise / White River
Mount Rainier National Park (360) 569-2211
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
Summit of Ruth - see climber's routes.
Hiked/climbed up to Mount Ruth on this beautiful Monday. Snow begins in earnest at about 4800'. If you plan to stay on the trail up to glacier basin, you do not need boots. To go off trail, as I did, I would recommend snowshoes until it gets too steep, and then kickstepping does the trick. This climb is a buttbuster but completely worth the grueling effort!
Encountered a bear as soon as the glacier basin trail escapes the forest. I believe it was at about 4700'. I was looking down and looked up to see him just 30' away! Luckily he was preoccupied, looked at me, and kept chomping on whatever he was eating!
Mt Ruth in middle of photo. Looks daunting, but isn't too bad.
Little T. The sound of rockfall was constant on this hot day.