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Island Lake Trail, NV

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,777 feet
Elevation Gain 913 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,197 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.73
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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12  2020-09-08
Wines Peak - Ruby Mountains
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9  2020-06-30 chumley
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 78
Routes 679
Photos 14,842
Trips 1,535 map ( 11,447 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:43am - 4:16pm
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A Naming Mystery
by chumley

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.

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2020-07-06 chumley
    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
    From Elko, follow Nevada State Route 227 East for 19 miles toward the town of Lamoille. Turn right onto Lamoille Canyon Road following signs for Lamoille Canyon Recreation Area. Continue on Lamoille Canyon Road for 8 miles to its terminus at Roads End Trailhead.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Jul 06 2020 11:05 pm
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