Ruby Crest Trail

The Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail is a National Recreation Trail in the upper elevations of the central Ruby Mountains, in Elko County, Nevada.

photo: Photo by David Ashby

Length: 40.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

     Mountain bikes allowed in non-wilderness sections only.

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Location: backcountry/wilderness/WSA, Ruby Mts. Wilderness and Ruby Crest NRT.
State(s): Nevada
Counties: Elko
Longitude: -115.37669
Latitude: 40.60422

Driving Directions

From Elko head south on Hwy 227 20 miles to town of Lamoille. 0.5 mi before town turn right onto Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway. Stay on FR#660 till turnaround at Roads End trailhead at N gateway to Ruby Mts. Wilderness and Ruby Crest NRT.


Approximately 38 miles in length, the trail is used by hikers and pack trains to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the western United States.

The southern end of the trail is just north of Harrison Pass, at approximately 40°20.2'N and 115°30.1'W and an elevation of 7,300 feet. From there it climbs northward around Green and Tipton Peaks, while crossing the three upper forks of Smith Creek. It then climbs steeply to a 10,400 feet pass, and descends to scenic Overland Lake.

The next section of trail most closely follows the actual crest of the Rubies, and is therefore the driest. The trail circles around the upper parts of Overland Creek, passes King Peak 11,045 feet, climbs to the crest, and then stays above 10,000 feet while passing Long and Mahogany Canyons. After crossing over the top of Wine's Peak 10,900 feet, it finally descends again into forested areas. A short side trail leads to North Furlong Lake, a common campsite.

The northern section of the trail includes the most spectacular alpine scenery. The trail drops into Kleckner Canyon (with distant views of Ruby Dome) and crosses Kleckner Creek just below Favre and Castle Lakes. It then climbs to Liberty Lake and Liberty Pass 10,400 feet. Finally, it descends steeply to Lamoille and Dollar Lakes, and then continues down to the Road's End Trailhead at the end of Lamoille Canyon Road in Lamoille Canyon, at approximately 40°36.2'N and 115°22.5'W at an elevation of 8,800 feet.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 7,800
Elevation High Point: 10,500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Information and map

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Resource Specialist
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Ruby Mountains Ranger District
P.O. Box 246, 140 Pacific Ave.
Wells, NV 89835



 Photo by David Ashby.

Photo by David Ashby.

Wilderness Trail Crew using a crosscut saw to buck a tree. Photo by Tara Kleemann.

Wilderness Trail Crew using a crosscut saw to buck a tree. Photo by Tara Kleemann.


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