Toiyabe Crest Trail

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

Elevation Gain31,569ft
Trailhead Elevation6,223ft
Elevation Min/Max6223/11123ft
Elevation Start/End6223/6223ft

Toiyabe Crest Trail

Toiyabe Crest Trail is a hiking trail in Lander County and Nye County, Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Arc Dome Wilderness Area. It is 63.1 miles long and begins at 6,223 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 127.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 31,569 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The Southtwin Pasture Admin Site service and the South Twin Pasture meadow can be seen along the trail. There is also a spring along the trail. This trail connects with the following: North Twin River Trail, 50a, 096, 024, 96a and 029.

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Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A 6 to 7 day backpack in the Toiyabe Range along the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail featuring far-ranging alpine and desert views, aspens, and alpine streams. Since its designation as a national recreation trail, the Toiyabe Crest Trail has received more maintenance and signage, though some sections are still little used and may be difficult to find. The trail is depicted fairly accurately on USGS topographic maps, but sections of old trail confuse the route, and new roads have been constructed in some of the side canyons along the northern portion of the trail. Be sure you have the USGS topographic maps and some experience in off-trail route finding."

Toiyabe Crest Trail Trip Reports

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THe longest trail in NV. What a challange. My wife and I started at the Kingston where the trail head is just above the lake. The trail is very sparse in areas, we were wearing shorts and had to put on thermals becasue the brush is so thick on the trail that it kills your legs. . Try to get water whenever you can cause you can cause at times it is 8-10 miles between. Half way point at Ophir Pass. We had a cache hidded here. . On ward to the second stage into ARc dome where the trails are suppose to be better....but they aren't so much. We were running out of water toward Stewart Creek but saw some snow drifts way up high along side the trail which was good cause Stewart creek was dry up high. Got some water and camped the 4th night at 11,200 ft near the Arc Dome trail head.(which is not marked with any signs) The next morning left the packs and hike the 5.5 miles to the dome and back. THe trail is good here from people hiking up from Stewart creek trailhead but we head down Sawmill canyon and it sucks. Like a jungle and the beaver dams make it impossible to find the trail until pretty much the end of the canyon. Head up Reese river and camped at the first real campsite(thanks cowboys). The final day of hiking(day 6) my wife wants out so we decide to do the last 15miles in one day. A lot of creek crossings and the trail heads of Lost sheep canyon near the end but my map says to go straight ans after 1/2 mile we have the trail again. Down South twin to the end. Great trail, still a jungle but very cool in tight canyon 45 water crossing. Just get your feet wet the first time. My wife fell in trying to. haha. Overall we hiked 78 miles in 6 days. It was very hard hiking. Normally I like to get 10-12 miles with the wife and still have time to mess aroung explore and such but no way on this trip. Too much bushwacking. We did feel like we accomplished a goal. And overall it was a good experience. If you want a challange, do it. If you want easy hiking, don't

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Arc Dome Wilderness Area
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Austin-Tonopah Ranger District, PO Box 3940, 1400 S. Erie Main St., Tonopah, NV 89049-3940; (775) 482-6286;
Local Contacts
USGS Brewer Canyon, Millet Ranch, Tierney Creek, South Yoiyabe Peak, Carvers NW, Arc Dome, Bakeoven Creek
Local Maps