Ruby Crest Trail

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Trail Distance: 36 miles
Time Estimate: 25 hrs
Elevation Gain: 3600 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: No parking fee
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

The majestic Ruby Crest Trail is a challenging high-elevation trail perfect for the most ambitious furry adventurers and their hiking companions. There is so much beauty here. Aspen groves burst into bright color in the fall and wildflowers bloom in late summer. Streams run through scrubby sagebrush meadows and green-blue lakes form hidden oases in bowls of mountain rock. 

You'll feel like you're at the top of the world along this trail that varies in altitude from 7200 feet to 10,900 feet. The Ruby Mountains are sometimes called "The Alps of Nevada." Though much of the trail runs through arid areas, higher elevation areas yield sights more typical of those European mountains, including steep grassy meadows where bighorn sheep graze.

The high altitude presents a number of challenges, from heat and UV exposure in the summer to snowy conditions in the winter. To complete the full trail, most people will need to spend a few nights camping along the way. People who have hiked the trail frequently recommend the campsites at Overland Lake as the best along the route. If you decide to camp, you'll be treated to amazing views of the starry sky at night.

Most people who have hiked the Ruby Crest Trail recommend starting at the southern trailhead at Harrison Pass and moving north to the trail's end near the end of Lamoille Canyon Road. It's also recommended to have a vehicle parked and waiting for you at the trail's end. Of course, it's possible to start at either trailhead and go a shorter distance before turning back and returning to where you parked. No matter how you do it, the time you spend with your pup in this unspoiled wilderness is guaranteed to inspire you and strengthen your bond.

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Rocky, Desert, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Be careful and look out for challenging conditions on this high-altitude trail, including heat and sun exposure in the summer, and snowy conditions in the winter. When there's not snow on the ground, one section of the hike involves going 14 miles between water sources. Thunderstorms are another safety hazard during rainy times of year.
Address
Harrison Pass (Intersection of NF-118 and NF-113)
Spring Creek, NV 89815
Hours
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Address
Harrison Pass (Intersection of NF-118 and NF-113)
Spring Creek, NV 89815
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours