Soldier Creek

Elko, Nevada 89801

Soldier Creek

Soldier Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A long day hike into a less used section of the Ruby Mountains. Follow the rough road across the creek, and upstream along the north side of Soldier Creek through open sage flats. After a mile, the road ends at the wilderness boundary; a foot trail continues climbing steeply along and above the boisterous creek. Views are limited in the deep canyon bottom, but the trail finally emerges into an open sage valley and turns sharply south, directly below Soldier Peak."

Soldier Creek Trip Reports

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One of the most enjoyable hikes I've ever taken. Saw lots of wildlife...chukars, mule deer, wildflowers. You are following/seeing/hearing a wonderful creek much of the way. The vistas are huge and you nearly have them all to yourself. Once you reach the upper basin, it is like being in another world...small alpine lakes, surrounding summits and 100 mile views off to the east (Utah). Be prepared to hike hard on this out and back with 2400 of elevation gain...most of it in the first 2 miles up. But worth every ounce of effort.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours
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: Soldier Peak and Verdi Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log