TBT: Purple and Augusta Hike (Sept 2012)

(Last Updated On: September 13, 2017)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we havenโ€™t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them at least every other Thursday!

In mid-September, my friend Susan and I began a project to hike the Ruby Traverse. But, we decided to do it in sections. So, we began our first section by climbing Purple Mountain and Augusta Peak. We set up a shuttle, leaving a car at Slate River for the descent.

Susan and I began our Purple and Augusta hike from Paradise Divide, hiking toward Yule Pass and then gaining the ridge toward Purple. Susan.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Treasure and Treasury. If you look close, Yule Lake pops out to the left on Treasure.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Ascending toward the summit.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Susan enjoying the summit of Purple.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

A view of Augusta and Mineral, and the ridge we needed to follow, as seen from Purple.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking toward the spectacularly colorful Blob and Nipple.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking down valley toward Marcellina and the upper portions of the Dark Canyon.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

An interesting note from the summit registry.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Susan.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

After spending awhile on the top of Purple, we began descending the south ridge. The descent was a bit technical in a few places. Here, Susan is route-finding.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

From the ridge, looking back at Purple.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

The talus was full of fossils like this.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Taking a quick rest on the ridge. Me.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Another view of the colorful Nipple and Blob.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

About half way to Augusta, the ridge became a lot easier. Looking at the remaining ridge.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking back toward Purple.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Susan approaching Augusta.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking south at the remaining Ruby Traverse, toward Richmond, Hancock, Oh-Be-Joyful, Afley, Purple Peak, Owen, and Ruby.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Purple, and the ridge we followed, as seen from the summit of Augusta.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

After Augusta, we followed the ridge a little longer before descending through Angel Pass and into Poverty Gulch.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

A beautiful alpine lake at the foot of Mineral Point.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

Susan on the road descending through Poverty Gulch.
Hiking Purple and Augusta Peaks near Crested Butte, CO.

It was fun get off the beaten path and to explore the northern end of the Ruby Traverse during our Purple and Augusta Hike. Many thanks to Susan for providing the motivation for us to seek out new terrain!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Purple and Augusta hike
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Purple and Augusta hike
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The views from the northern Ruby Range and plenty of scree scrambling are a few things we enjoyed during our Purple and Augusta hike!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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