Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail/Ruby Mountains Wilderness

Elko, Nevada
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Considered by many to be the preeminent Nevada trail, the Ruby Crest gives hikers, backpackers and equestrians some of the best wilderness experience in the state. The trails winds through the Ruby Mountains near Elko for a 38-mile stretch, revealing glacial lakes and a series of rugged peaks and valleys. Experts recommend a backpacking trip of four to seven days to discover such high-elevation gems as the 10,893-foot Wines Peak.

Distance: Over 200 miles of designated trails
Elevation: 7,247' to 10,893'
Getting There: Located 32 miles southeast of Elko. From Elko, head south on State Route 228 and turn left on State Route 227. Just before Lamoille, turn right on the paved Lamoille Canyon Rd. and park at the end of the road.

Day hikes include:

Overland Lake Loop
Distance:14-mile loop
Difficulty: Intermediate

Thomas Creek Trail
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Difficulty: Beginner

Liberty Lake
Distance:7 miles round trip
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced

Favre/Castle Lakes
Distance: 10.1 miles round trip
Difficulty: Advanced

A favorite trail:

Soldier Basin Trail accesses a beautiful high-elevation basin with several lakes and spectacular scenery. Trout fishing is available at several pristine alpine lakes - Robinson, Hidden and Soldier - and streams along the trail. This trail can be accessed from two sides of the Ruby Mountains.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Getting There: From Elko take State Route 227 - 26 miles.

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