Toiyabe Crest Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Toiyabe Crest Trail is the highlight of any venture into the Toiyabe Mountains. Although the entire trail is 66 miles in length, only the first 30 are within the Arc Dome Wilderness, and the description that follows covers only that initial segment. Outside the wilderness, the path is truly a ?crest? trail, traveling along the spine of the Toiyabes from the edge of the wilderness to Kingston Canyon.
Within the Arc Dome Wilderness, the trail initially avoids the top of the range, following the South Twin and Reese rivers on a horseshoe bend before adopting a northbound course that climbs along the crest for the last 7 miles to Ophir Summit. Above the streams, pinyon-pine-juniper woodland adorns the lower slopes, intermixed with the characteristic sagebrush. Higher up, limber pines grace the hillsides along the upper canyons and ridgecrests. On the 11,000-foot plateau near Arc Dome, you?ll see that low sagebrush and alpine-like flora soften the otherwise austere surroundings."