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Sep 17 2020
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Wines Peak - Ruby MountainsElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking18.04 Miles 4,686 AEG
Hiking18.04 Miles   8 Hrs   56 Mns   2.12 mph
4,686 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Got started around 0615. Parking lot was already over half full. Smoky, but not too bad. Getting over Liberty Pass felt easy, then the downhill was nice. The second climb felt slower, especially the last bit up to Wines. Rested for a moment, then headed back down. Climbing back up to Liberty Pass felt like forever, but it was warmer and smokier by that point. Took the stock trail back to the trailhead to avoid the crowds. Great views, despite the smoke. Saw one beaver and seven deer. Aspens are changing color in Lamoille Canyon.
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Ruby Mountains Wines Peak

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Sep 08 2020
ShatteredArm
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38 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Wines Peak - Ruby MountainsElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2020
ShatteredArm
Hiking23.12 Miles 5,641 AEG
Hiking23.12 Miles   7 Hrs   24 Mns   3.14 mph
5,641 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Scooted over to Elko yesterday hoping to check out the Ruby Mountains. Originally wanted to backpack, but the cold deterred me somewhat. The drive into town was extremely hazy, and I couldn't even see the mountains. Fortunately the high winds that accompanied the cold apparently got rid of the haze...

Anyways, it was in the mid 20s when I started. Yay summer. Kept my windbreaker on until about 13 miles in.

I had no real plan, didn't look at mileage, but had the idea that if my sense of scale weren't too far off, Wines Peak could be a good objective. The glacial lakes made for some great scenery along the way.

On the way up to the summit, the views started becoming more expansive, and I knew it would be worth it. Indeed, Wines Peak afforded excellent views of the Ruby Dome ridge, the mountains continuing north and south, and out over the basin to the east. It was about 9.4 miles and 3200 feet of climbing to get there.

On the way back, I decided to take Favre Lake Trail, which probably added half a mile at the most.

Decided that while I'm here, I may as well tack on the Island Lake trail. It was OK, but my least favorite Island Lake so far.

Wonderful area, and very low traffic compared to recent trails I've been on. Only problem is I wish I could have seen the whole trail.
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Jul 14 2020
Oregon_Hiker
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74 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Ruby Crest Trail to Liberty Lake, NV 
Ruby Crest Trail to Liberty Lake, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking8.19 Miles 2,059 AEG
Hiking8.19 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   1.22 mph
2,059 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This hike starts at the Roads End Trailhead in Lamoille Canyon. The road, the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway, is paved all the way to the parking lot making it an easy drive. This is the most popular TH in the Ruby Mountains but the parking lot only had a few cars when I arrived at 6:30am on a weekday. There are two trails leaving the TH area, one is for hikers, the other which you pass just before entering the main parking lot is a stock trail. The 2 trails merge just before reaching Lamoille Lake. The stock trail is more direct going up the northwest side of the canyon and cuts off about 0.5 miles but bypasses the forested Dollar Lakes area. It is also a steeper, rougher, trail. I took the easier recreation trail on the way up and the stock trail on the way down.

This hike really showcases the beauty of the Ruby Mountains. It has it all, a patch of conifer forest, alpine lakes, granite peaks, glacier carved canyon and distant views all on a relatively short hike.
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Jul 01 2020
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ruby Crest TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Backpack avatar Jul 01 2020
John9L
Backpack41.00 Miles 11,500 AEG
Backpack41.00 Miles4 Days         
11,500 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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chumley
I have never heard of the Ruby Crest Trail until Chumley mentioned it in the spring of 2020. He said it’s like the Sierras without the crowds & no permits needed. We penciled it in for the summer but were reluctant to finalize anything due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I didn’t think it was going to happen until about two weeks before the trip. We decided it could be done so we went for it and I’m glad we did. We would spend five days in the Ruby Mountains and four of those days backpacking the Ruby Crest Trail. It was a memorable hike that left me thinking of a return.

We would leave mid-afternoon on Monday, June 29th. We drove eight hours to Ely, NV where got a hotel. We drove the last 3-4 hours to Lamoille Canyon and we snagged a walk up in the Thomas Canyon Campground. We spent the rest of the day hiking up the Thomas Creek Trail and another hike to Island Lake. We would enjoy a campfire that night and we got geared up for the backpacking trip.



Day 1 – July 1, 2020
We met our shuttle driver at the Roads End at 7:30am and would make the hour long drive to Harrison Pass on the south end of the range. Once there, our driver continued another three miles up the 4x4 to the trailhead. Many people walk this stretch of road. We said goodbye and started our backpacking trip. The miles are mostly easy as you follow an old road that slowly gains elevation. The views were solid as we made our way north. This section reminded me of the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico. It’s mostly rolling hills covered in tall grass and nice views. We continued on and eventually dropped into McCutcheon Creek where there are some okay campsites. We kept going and arrived at the next drainage called South Fork of Smith Creek which had a nice creek and good camping. To make a long story short, we continued another mile to Middle Fork hoping to find a campsite. There were no good options so we decided to backtrack to South Fork. We were both happy and really enjoyed this campsite.

Day 2 – July 2, 2020
The plan was to head the six miles to Overland Lake so we took our time packing up. We headed out around 9:30am and hiked by, what felt like a scene of a crime, Middle Fork and continued on. The trail made a steady climb as we passed North Fork. There was a trail heading towards the creek and it appeared to be camping down there. We kept at it and the trail kept climbing another 1,500+ ft to the mountain pass. Once there we took a short break and then took our time descending to Overland Lake. There were a few small patches of snow that were easily bypassed. We were the first to arrive at the lake and we selected the prime campsite on the peninsula. Another three groups would show up that afternoon. Also, a storm moved in around 3pm and lasted for an hour. The wind was whipping as rain fell. We hunkered down in our tents and hoped they weren’t going to rip. Luckily the storm blew over and we had a very enjoyable evening.

Day 3 – July 3, 2020
We started early as we had a big hiking day planned. We wanted to cover 13-15 miles and we knew this includes a 12 mile stretch with no water. The first few miles are mostly easy as you drop about 500ft. We hit our last water source around the 1.5 mile mark and we topped off our water and continued on. The trail makes a solid climb and then goes up & down several passes that ranged from 500 to 800 ft climbs. We made steady progress and enjoyed the views. The last high point was Wines Peak and we took an extended break there. We walked over to the high point and ate some snacks and water. From there we dropped way down and then had one more small climb before reaching Favre Lake. This lake was very busy and that was not a surprise. We found a decent campsite and settled in for the evening. We were both wiped out after the big day.

Day 4 - July 4, 2020
We took our time on the final day. We only had six miles to exit and knew it would go quick. We would pack up and head out. The exit started with a 1,000+ ft climb over Liberty Pass. The views were excellent up there. From there it was very easy going as we descended back to Lamoille Canyon. There were a lot of day hikers on their way up and a few small snow patches to bypass. We arrived back to the car a little before noon and took our time packing up. We eventually started driving and headed for Kingman where we spent a night in a hotel. We would return to Phoenix on Sunday.

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed our time in the Ruby Mountains. The hiking is fantastic and it wasn’t overly crowded. I prefer the Sierras but this is a great option if you don’t want to deal with permits and want to hike something different. Put this on your list if you’re looking for a challenge and want to see some new terrain in northern Nevada. Thanks Chumley for planning this one.
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Oct 02 2017
DallinW
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 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Ruby Crest to Liberty PassElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2017
DallinW
Hiking7.26 Miles 1,727 AEG
Hiking7.26 Miles
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I had a little time to kill on a long drive from northern Utah to South Lake Tahoe. I've seen these mountains from I-80 a couple of times, and they always intrigued me. After hours of driving through barren basins, surrounded by barren mountains, you hit Elko and all of a sudden there are huge, lush granite peaks on the horizon!

I slept in the back of the rental near the bottom of FR-660, intending to get an early start. I woke up around 5:30 A.M. and drove FR-660 all the way up to Road's End TH. TH access is paved all the way up. I arrived to an empty TH, a fresh dusting of snow, and 27F temperatures. Brrr!

The trail is well defined and easy to follow all the way up to Liberty Pass. It crosses a few small creeks, but I never had to get my feet wet.

Liberty and Lamoille lakes are definitely the highlights of this short hike. Walk the extra quarter mile at the top of Liberty Pass for the excellent view of Liberty Lake.

If you are just passing through on I-80 and have a few hours to spare, this is definitely a nice spot to get out and stretch the legs. I read online that almost all the lakes along the Ruby Crest Trail are stocked with fish. Seems like it would be a great place to come do some backpacking. Some day I would like to come back and do the Ruby Crest Trail in its entirety, along with some more exploring.
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Liberty Lake Liberty Pass
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Most color was found below the TH along FR-660.
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