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Thomas Creek Trail, NV

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NV > Elko
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,557 feet
Elevation Gain 1,262 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.21
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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14  2008-06-21 AZLOT69
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Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  4:37am - 6:58pm
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Settled in the 1850s by the Basque people, the Ruby Mountain area has long been appreciated for its lush valleys fed by melting snows. This area proved great for livestock and farming. The Basque who originated from an area between France and Spain were sheepherders. Many Basque like others were headed for California gold fields and passed this way. After many hardships along the way, many Basque decided to stay and do what they were good at, raising sheep. Soon precious metals were found in the Ruby mountains. Many large productive gold mines are still being developed today in the areas surrounding the Ruby's. In the 1930s the CCC developed many of the trails that are still used for recreation today. One of those CCC camps was located at Thomas Creek. The Thomas Creek Trail starts from that campground.

Lamoille Creek passes through the campground and the clear cold water may prove to be tempting to refresh yourself at the end of the trail. The Thomas Creek Trail follows Thomas Creek to its origin high in the Ruby Wilderness. It is a steep trail and you are never more than 50 feet from the creek which due to its grade has raging water. There are countless waterfalls not only within the flow of Thomas Creek but all the tributaries from the surrounding sheer granite cliff sides. The views are outstanding and a great excuse to pause and catch your breath. It is a climb to the end as you arrive at a wetlands meadow area that has a small pond. The large box canyon you have arrived at has waterfalls flowing down on all sides. Hang out a while and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot some deer, bighorn sheep, or mountain goats. The trip back the way you came is equally scenic and for many more enjoyable as you take in the panoramic views of some of the ten mountains over 10,000 ft that help make up the Ruby Mountains.

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2008-06-25 AZLOT69

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Elko Nevada take SR 227 20 miles south to the city of Lamoille. Not much more than a crossroad, follow the signs for a turnoff to the south marked Lamoille Canyon. Six miles up this paved scenic byway will bring you to the Thomas Creek Campground. Park near the entrance at a signed, designated spot and hike thru the campground to Loop C, space 30, where the official trailhead starts.
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    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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