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Oct 02 2017
DallinW
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Ruby Crest to Liberty PassElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2017
DallinW
Hiking7.26 Miles 1,727 AEG
Hiking7.26 Miles
1,727 ft AEG
 
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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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