A Naming Mystery
Overview: A popular family hike in the heart of Nevada's Alps -- Lamoille Canyon!
Hike: The hike begins at the creatively named Roads End trailhead. Of course, it also leads to the equally creatively named Island Lake! The Elkoans who named these places back in the day must have had some impressive language skillz!
The trail begins from the down-canyon side of the parking area and ascends a long traverse of the canyon, before gaining more elevation through nearly a dozen switchbacks. Views are excellent both up and down the canyon as the trail crosses a rickety footbridge.
While it is just under two miles to the lake, the trail climbs nearly 1000 feet. At an elevation that reaches over 9,500 feet, those unaccustomed to higher elevations may experience shortness of breath.
Arriving at the end of the trail, you'll discover the surprise of a lake ... with an island! :) An interpretive sign explains that the Ruby Mountains are the only North American habitat for the Himalayan snowcock, a beautiful bird in the pheasant family native to Afghanistan and Nepal that was introduced here in 1963.
After taking a break, enjoying the views, and perhaps making a photograph or two, return the way you came. The descent back to the trailhead is much less strenuous!
Camping: There are a few spots where it's evident that people occasionally spend the night, though there are no established sites and at less than two miles from the trailhead, this would be a destination most ideal for beginners to backpacking.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.