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Thomas Creek Trail - 2 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 13 2020
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Thomas Creek TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2020
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Hiking4.80 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   0.92 mph
1,300 ft AEG
 
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I arrived at the Thomas Creek Camp Ground in Lamoille Canyon around noon the day before and was able to get a nice "Walk In" or "First-come, First-serve" campsite within about 30 ft of the creek. This is a well maintained campground with the campsites nestled in pockets of Aspen trees and bushes to provide privacy. The outhouses were exceptionally clean. One of the 2 CG hosts told me they were cleaning them 4 times a day due to Covid 19 virus concerns. Over half of the campsites are reservation only and can be reserved on-line. A large beaver pond on Thomas Creek was located a short walk (75 yds) through a path in the bushes behind my camp.

This would be my first hike of several planned in the Ruby Mtns over the next few days. It was a good starter hike with a modest distance and elevation gain for a day hike. The trailhead is conveniently located at the back of the campground loop. Glacier carved granite canyon walls, water falls, beaver ponds and aspen groves made for a picturesque hike. I took my time enjoying the views and taking lots of photos.
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Jun 30 2020
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Thomas Creek TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
chumley
Hiking5.28 Miles 1,907 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.35 mph
1,907 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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A quick intro to the Rubys straight from camp. Snow lingered on the higher peaks from the few inches that had accumulated the night before. Gotta love those June 30th snowfalls in the mountains :y:

This one makes a steady climb along the creek with a number of small falls and cascades, along with some very impressive beaver dams and lodges. Spring wildflowers and green hillsides contrast with the glacier-carved granite and snowmelt fed creeks and waterfalls.

Blue skies, poofy clouds, pleasant temps and a nice breeze made this an enjoyable couple of hours.
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Jun 21 2008
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Thomas Creek TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2008
AZLOT69
Hiking4.54 Miles 1,262 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   3 Hrs      1.51 mph
1,262 ft AEG
 
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Car camped at the Thomas Canyon Campground. At the beginning of the hike the wildflowers are in full bloom-no snow. At the upper end of the hike no flowers and still lots of snow but its melting fast and the streams are full. Took a dip in Lamoille Creek after the hike.
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average hiking speed 1.59 mph

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