Ruby is the perfect alternative for those traversing Weston Pass and looking for a bit more challenge. Located on the South Park Ranger District side of the pass, Ruby parallels Weston for nearly 2 miles and provides the same views, just along a more narrow and rough road. Whether you are looking for a tougher challenge or looking for an "off the path" camping spot closer to the summit, Ruby might just be the trail for you.
The northern side of the trail begins just below the summit of Weston Pass. If approaching the trail from the summit, you will need to make a hard, almost 180° left turn to start the trail. It is marked with a Forest Service road marker, reading 162.
From Leadville, Take highway 24 south for 13 miles. Between mile markers 183 and 184, turn left on County Road 7, Weston Pass. Follow Weston Pass for 11.9 miles, just past the summit and take a left on FSR 162.
From Fairplay , take highway 285 south for 4.7 miles and turn right on County Road 5. Bear right at 7 miles and continue down County Road 22 for 7.1 miles. FSR 162 will be on your right.
This trail is short with not a lot of excitement, but it is rougher than the graded Fairplay side of Weston Pass. There are some good views and some good camp spots. Overall, it is a nice detour if you are not in a hurry to get off the pass.
Hi, I'm Ryan!
I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion".
I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure.
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