Ruby Ridge, as I found out from the top, is an outlier of Mount Blakiston, in Waterton Lakes National Park. I had often viewed it from the road and wondered why it had a ridge and not a mountain designation, since it is higher than some of the official mountain in the park. The ridge is named because of the massive amounts of red argillite rock on the upper portion of the east end of the ridge. It was this same red argillite that caused Cameron Falls to turn red on the evening of July 26, 2009 after a major rainfall event.
Ruby Ridge is accessed from the Lineham Trail. After you leave the treed portion of the trail, and at any point before you re-enter the trees, turn right and head uphill. It's steep, but the footing is good. As you ascend you may encounter those tight knit spruce trees that are impossibel to wade through. angle left to avoid these and continue straight up. Amazing views of Cameron Lake, Ruby Lake, the5 Lineham Lakes.
The ridge has 2 high points. You can return the way you came (safest) or from the east end (watch for cliffs, escape them by going right) or for the adventurous, drop down into Ruby Lake and follow that drainage out to the Red Rock road or Crandell campground.
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