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.
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
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.
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.
It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
average hiking speed 1.59 mph
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.