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This is a very steep trail that leads to a peak on the southern ridgeline of Jack Mountain. Views abound from the trail terminus.

This is a short, steep trail that leads to the summit of an unnamed peak on the southern ridgeline extending from Jack Mountain. The views from this peak include Ross Lake, Ruby Mountain and Nohokomeen Glacier. The climb is arduous as it ascends 4,500 feet in three and a half miles.

Begin this trail from the Eastbank Trailhead along Highway 20 at mile marker 130. Walk across Ruby Creek on the footbridge then turn left toward the lake. Hike westward nearly three miles to a trail intersection.

Turn right (east) at this junction. You are now on the Jack Mountain Trail. The ascent begins immediately as you hike up the southwestern slopes of sprawling Jack Mountain. The first mile is less steep than the next. Switchbacks aid hikers at the steepest sections of the climb. Three and a half miles from the trail junction this route reaches the ridge crest. At this point you'll see the summit to your left. Hike less than a mile up the ridge to the 6,745 foot peak.

Directions: From Ross Dam, Travel east 4 miles on Highway 20 to the Eastbank Trailhead on Ruby Creek.

Elevation: 1,640 feet

Ending Elevation: 6,745 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington

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