Ruby Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The climb over Liberty Pass and into the Ruby Lakes is the most popular backpack in the Ruby Mountains. If you ask backpackers whether they have ever been to the Rubies and the answer is yes, then invariably this is the trail they hiked?and with good reason. In a relatively few miles (unfortunately the elevation gain is not small) hikers can enter the subalpine, glacier-carved basin at the head of Kleckner Creek canyon, where three cirque-bound lakes repose below rugged, pinnacled ridges.
Most hikers are content just to reach magnificent Liberty Lake on the far side of 10,440-foot Liberty Pass, but Favre and Castle lakes are worth the extra effort, providing opportunities for increased solitude. On the trailhead side of the pass are the Dollar Lakes, a pair of symmetrical lakelets surrounded by green meadow and, in stark contrast, austere Lamoille Lake, where nearly barren slopes create an alpine appearance. Toss in delightful Lamoille Creek, spectacular wildflower displays, great views, and excellent fishing opportunities and you have all the ingredients for a classic backcountry experience."