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Overland Lake Trail, NV

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NV > Elko
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 6.23 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,132 feet
Elevation Gain 3,305 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,318 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.29
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
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15  2019-07-14 LindaAnn
15  2018-08-17
Ruby Crest Trl - Green Mtn TH to Overland Lake
LindaAnn
6  2018-07-06 rally_toad
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 359
Photos 2,325
Trips 950 map ( 7,042 miles )
Age 39 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  5:54am - 4:59pm
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Water
a welcome sight
by LindaAnn

Likely In-Season!
Warning
This is a remote hike, with no water available along the trail between the trailhead and lake, and almost no shade. There is no cellular service available anywhere along the trail.


Prologue
This trail is the only established trail into the Ruby Mountains from the east side. It is a good access or bailout point from the middle portions of the Ruby Crest Trail.

Hike
Starting from Ruby Valley Road, you proceed approx 3/4 mile and 500' gain up a dirt road to the upper trailhead. If you have 4wd and clearance, you can drive to the trailhead sign at the upper trailhead and cut off hiking the road portion.

Once past the upper trailhead and on the true trail, you will continue steadily uphill. There is a creek below you to the left, and likely cattle grazing in the area. The trail heads generally west-northwest and is in good condition. Once you top a ridge, you can see down to the next valley to the north, and the scenery is much the same, but with with more flowers during the summer.

About 1.50 miles in you will begin a series of several switchbacks up a large east slope. The switchbacks are an easy grade, but get monotonous after a while. Eventually, you will head north, then curve west as you continue uphill. You can see more of the Rubies above you at this point, and the peaks look more impressive. After a mile or so of fairly easy hiking as you head west, the trail will start to steepen and the vegetation greens up. There are some switchbacks thrown in, but it's mostly a steep uphill hike at this point. Eventually, you will reach the signed junction with the Ruby Crest Trail. Turn left (south) to head up to the lake. More steep switchbacks as you head southwest towards the lake.

Once you come over a small rise, the lake appears before you, and is a welcome sight. There is a small cabin at the end of the trail, apparently used to store ranching supplies. The exposed granite peaks surround the lake on three sides with dramatic effect. If you are backpacking, there are several small campsites right around the cabin, but the best sites are a little bit further to the west if you can cross over the lake's outlet.

If you have the energy, follow the trail around the east side of the lake up to the small tarn above. The views down to Overland Lake from the tarn are impressive. If you are in desperate need of cell svc, climbing up the trail behind the tarn takes you to a high ridge with spotty service. Refill your water at the lake, if necessary, before retracing your steps downhill. The downhill hike goes quickly, and is fairly easy on the knees due to the good condition of the trail.

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2019-07-18 LindaAnn

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    To reach the lower trailhead, any vehicle is okay. 4wd with medium clearance needed to reach the upper trailhead. ***Conditions may vary during the winter***

    From Elko:
    Approx 60 miles to trailhead. Head east on NV-227 for approx 7 miles. Turn right (south and signed) on NV-228. Take NV-228 south past the town of Jiggs. Eventually the road curves east and is called Harrison Pass Rd. The pavement turns to dirt before reaching the pass. Once over the pass, continue east until you reach Ruby Valley Rd/NV-767. Turn left (north) and continue 9.50 miles to the signed trailhead on the left. Park here or continue to the upper trailhead. The road is immediately gated with an electric fence, so use caution and don't accidentally drive into the fence, as it is difficult to see.

    From Wells:
    Approx 60 miles to trailhead. South on Hwy 93 to NV-229. Right (west) on 229 for 14 miles to NV-767. Left (south) on 767 (Ruby Valley Rd) for 16.20 miles to the signed trailhead on the right. Park here or continue to the upper trailhead. The road is immediately gated with an electric fence, so use caution and don't accidentally drive into the fence, as it is difficult to see.

    From Ely:
    Approx 140 miles to trailhead. Head north on Hwy 93 to NV-229. Left (west) on 229 for 14 miles to NV-767. Left (south) on 767 (Ruby Valley Rd) for 16.20 miles to the signed trailhead on the right. Park here or continue to the upper trailhead. The road is immediately gated with an electric fence, so use caution and don't accidentally drive into the fence, as it is difficult to see.
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