Overland Lake Trail

Ruby Valley, Nevada 89833

Overland Lake Trail

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"The Overland Lake Trail is the only practical route for reaching the heart of the Ruby Mountains from the east side. However, an unrelenting 6-mile climb, beginning near the floor of Ruby Valley, is the price to be paid for that access. Gaining over 3000 feet in the process, backpackers must endure the stiff, shadeless climb across open high desert terrain almost all the way to the lake.

Overland Lake, with a spectacularly beautiful setting perched just below the crest of the range near the head of Overland Creek canyon, is worth the effort. The picturesque lakeshore offers some of the best camping and fishing in the Ruby Mountains Wilderness. For those who don't have the time to complete the Ruby Crest Trail, a weekend excursion to Overland Lake is a fine alternative."

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Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A long day hike or overnight backpack trip to an isolated alpine lake in the Ruby Mountains. This loop has superb scenery and great views of the Ruby Valley. Do not follow the jeep trail. The Overland Lake Trail follows the fence, crosses the small drainage, and again follows the fence. This section is confused by numerous cattle trails. At the section corner where the USGS topographic map shows the elevation 6278, another trail comes through a gate from the left (south). Above this point, the trail is more distinct."

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Trail Information

Ruby Valley
Nearby City
3,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 - 3 days
Usually open late-June to mid-October; best July to August
Humboldt National Forest, Ruby Mountains Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Franklin Lake NW
Local Maps

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