Ruby Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.619m (11,873ft) above the sea level, located in the Rocky Mountains' Front Range of Summit County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The road to the summit, located within the Arapaho National Forest, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called Peru Creek Trail, also known as Forest Service Road 260. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. It follows numerous remnants of Colorado's mining heritage. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. On the highest point of the trail, expect snow to linger here well into July. The lower part of the trail would be open earlier. It’s accessible from March until November. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.
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