Ruby Lakes

Lamoille, Nevada 89828

Ruby Lakes

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."

Ruby Lakes Reviews

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Gorgeous country, definitely worth the visit but not a stay. This trail is a well maintained switchback that my 7 and 8 year old boys found to be a small challenge. We set up camp at Liberty lake and did small day hikes from there. Unfortunately solitude is not to be found here. With its close proximity to a growing population with nothing else but desert surrounding it, and the ease of the trail, many people and dogs are climbing, camping and descending this trail constantly. Ordinarily a mountain can hide groups of people but this mountain is small, lightly wooded, and all of the canyons are faced with solid rock. You can hear all other campers conversations clearly throughout these circs and there are a lot of them (people), so peace and quiet is not here either.
This makes a great day hike, but not what I look forward to in wilderness camping.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 - 4 days
Usually open mid-July to mid-October; best mid-July to August
Humboldt National Forest, Ruby Mountains Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Ruby Dome
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018