Hiking The Ruby Crest Trail

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Nevada.

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Southeast of Elko and northwest of Ruby Valley in the lushly forested 90,000 acres Ruby Mountain Wilderness, the 43 mile Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail runs the craggy range with lupines, bluebells, glacial lakes, bighorns and mountain goats.

A nice week long trip is up the Wines Peak (10,900) section.

A nice day trek is a 7 mile one-way stretch of the Ruby Crest Trail runs from Lamoille Canyon to North Furlong Lake through the heart of the ranges lakes, glacial valleys, and cirques. Starting in a meadow full of blue lupine, the trail quickly climbs through a series of staircased valleys. Lower Dollar and Lamoille Lakes, about two miles in, have excellent campsites, or continue on over 10,400-foot Liberty Pass; its another 5.5 miles to the turnaround point at North Furlong Lake, where there are primitive campsites.

An alternate day trek is the 14 mile Overland Lake Loop.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Elko, take SR 227 about 32 miles south to CR 660 (Lamoille Canyon Road) and drive 12 miles to the trailhead.

Overall, Ruby Crest Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 20 hikes in Nevada. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Ruby Crest Trail including Angel Lake / Grey Lake Trail, Horse Canyon Trail and Gods Pocket Peak.

Ruby Crest Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  HNF (775) 738-5171 or 752-3357; Nevada Tourism (800) NEVADA-8; Hiking the Great Basin from Sierra Club Books (800) 935-1056.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Nevada" from Bruce Grubbs

Best Season:  Mar - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Luxury Loding:  Reds Ranch (702) 753-6281

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf/

GPS:  40.60318, -115.37773

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  4/6/2018

ID:  6929

Ruby Crest Trail Hiking Map


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