Ruby Jewel Yurt
Located halfway to Jewel Lake, the Ruby Jewel Yurt is nestled in a dense lodgepole forest - ideal for mountain biking or mountain climbing. Unlimited access to high alpine bowls and exciting ridges tempt more skillful skiers, but there's plenty of easier skiing near the yurt.
Please check the weather and road conditions on the resources page for the most up to date information before your stay.
Pets are permitted at all Never Summer Yurts only from June-September.
Winter Trips to Ruby Jewel Yurt
Winter Access: 2 miles
Winter Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 5 miles from the main park entrance on the right side of CR 41 at the sign for the Jewel Lake Road.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +584'/-99'
Avalanche Danger: None to yurt; Avalanche danger along trail to Jewel lake
Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe
Use Levels: Mainly used by yurt customers only; Some limited day skiing
Summer Trips to Ruby Jewel Yurt
Summer Access: 4WD Vehicle access or 1.5 mile hike from 2WD access
Summer Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 5 miles from the main park entrance on right side of CR 41 at the sign for the Jewel Lake Road.
GPS Coordinates: 40 34'58.37"N ; 105 57'49.06"W
Elevation Gain/Loss: +70'
Summer Trail Use: 4WD Vehicles, Hike, Horse, Bike
Trail Use Levels: Heavy weekend use
Area Trails and Attractions
Jewel Lake: From the yurt, Jewel Lake is 2.25 miles with about 2,000' in elevation gain. Jewel Lake is a small alpine lake that sits at treeline and will probably be snowed in until July. This is the best access point to climb Clark Peak as well. In winter, there is good skiing on the bowl and good tree skiing just below the lake. There can be significant avalanche danger!
Margie's Knoll: This ridge stretches out to the southwest of Jewel Lake. Access Margie's Knoll off the Jewel lake Trail about 1.75 miles above the Ruby Jewel Yurt. There is excellent skiing on the west and east aspects of the ridge. There can be significant avalanche danger!
Hut to Hut
North Fork Canadian Yurt: From the Ruby Jewel Yurt, this is an easy 3.5 mile descent. There are also some nice ridges for tele skiing when you get closer to the North Fork End. Recommend having a second vehicle at the North Fork Trailhead since the trip back up hill is not as fun!
Montgomery Pass Yurts: It is about 3.5 miles over to the Montgomery Pass Yurts via the "Cow Trail". The Cow Trail is a scenic trail that takes off from the Ruby Jewel Trail just below the Ruby Jewel Yurt and follows the 9600' contour line over to the Montgomery Pass Trail about a quarter mile above the yurts. There are two nice meadows close to the Montgomery Pass Trail that make good practice runs for tele turns.
Grass Creek Yurt: This is a fairly easy 3.5 mile trip. The connecting trail leaves the Ruby Jewel Trail about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead. The trail cuts across a meadow over to the Bockman Campground Road (also the Montgomery Pass Yurt Trail) and runs parallel to the county road over to the North Michigan Reservoir and the Grass Creek Trail.
Ruby Jewel Furnishings
Beds for five (1 double, 3 singles) and 2 extra pads**
**-The huts are very crowded if you have folks on the floor! also-mattresses & pillows are provided, but no other bedding!
- Propane cookstove
- Propane light ( IN COOKING AREA )
- Propane provided
- Pots & pans
- Kitchen utensils
- Paper towels
- Dishsoap & Dishpans
- Outside food storage box
- Table & chairs
- Charcoal grill
- Toilet paper
- No running water or electricity!
- Firewood Limited in Summer
- Maul & ax
- Stock Pot for melting snow