Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail

Elko, Nevada 89815

Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A 4-day backpack trip in the Ruby Mountains along the crest of Nevada’s most alpine range featuring classic alpine scenery, glacial valleys, cirques, and mountain lakes and streams. Lamoille Canyon displays the classic U-shaped profile of a glacier-carved alpine valley.

Forest Service interpretive displays along the road point out the distinctive features of the canyon. Numerous avalanche paths descend the steep walls; some years the road is blocked by a tangled mixture of trees and rock-hard snow brought down by the avalanches. The Ruby Mountains are the most alpine of Nevada ranges, with rugged granite peaks and crystal lakes."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 days
Late summer through fall.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Mountain City–Ruby Mountains–Jarbidge Ranger District, P2035 Last Chance Rd., Elko, NV 89801; (775) 738-5171;
Local Contacts
USGS topo map: Ruby Valley School, Ruby Dome, Green Mountain, Franklin Lake NW, Franklin Lake SW, and Harrison Pass
Local Maps

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