Ruby Crest Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

Elevation Gain5,348ft
Trailhead Elevation10,204ft
Elevation Min/Max8095/10233ft
Elevation Start/End10204/10204ft

Ruby Crest Trail

Ruby Crest Trail is a hiking trail in Elko County, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 14.8 miles long and begins at 10,204 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,348 feet. Pearl Peak (elevation 10,778 feet) can be seen along the trail.

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Backpacking Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Considered by many the preeminent trail in Nevada, the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail offers backpackers and equestrians one of the best wilderness experiences in the state. Mountain lakes, absent from the majority of the rest of Nevada's backcountry, are here in abundance, including Overland, North Furlong, Favre, Castle, Liberty, Lamoille, and the two Dollar Lakes. Even more unusual is a spectacular waterfall, found in the Overland Creek basin. Superb views are nearly constant companions, and a scenic calendar could easily be compiled from the photo opportunities along this trail. In addition, during peak season, the Ruby Mountains offer one of the best wildflower displays anywhere in the state, as well as many pristine meadows. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy searching for mountain goats, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mule deer, and a wide variety of fowl, including raptors such as golden eagles and red-tailed hawks. Even the fishing can be fantastic. The few descriptions of the Ruby Crest Trail in print start in Lamoille Canyon and end at the Green Mountain trailhead near Harrison Pass."

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Humboldt National Forest, Ruby Mountains Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Harrison Pass, Franklin Lake SW, Green Mountain, Franklin Lake NW, Ruby Dome
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