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Ruby Crest Trail Backpack

The Ruby Crest Trail, located in NE Nevada, is a 4 day backpack, running through glaciated, alpine terrain. Its 40 miles long, and its altitude ranges from 8,000-10,000 feet:

This is one of the most beautiful and least traveled trails in the Mountain West. It won Backpacker Magazine's reader's choice award in 2010, but this mountain range sees only 2000 visitors per year. Backpacker even compares to Yosemite. If you do one backpacking trip this year. this one should be it. There is a good chance that after the first day we may not see anyone else, except mountain lions, deer, bighorn sheep, and the fabled Himalayan snowcock (which can only be found in the Himalayas and Nevada...go figure).

Right now, I am planning on 2 days to drive up (12 hours from Phoenix to Elko, Nv, then 80 mountain miles to set up the car shuttle). The backpack is 4 days, and 1-2 days getting back. I'll decide on meeting places and car pooling as the date approaches and we see where everyone lives. I scheduled it over the July 4 holiday, so you can save vacation time.

Everyone will be placed on the Waiting List until I learn about your experience/fitness level.

Maps: Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt Wilderness, Forest Service

USGS 7.5 minute topos: Harrison Pass, Green Mountain, Ruby Dome, Franklin Lake NW, Franklin Lake SW

Day 1: ~6 mi Lamoille TH- Castle or N. Furlong Lk

Day 2: ~ 12 mi to Overland Lake: No water until camp, long day @ high altitude

Day 3: ~ 10 mi to McCutcheon Creek: No water until camp

Day 4: ~ 10 mi to Harrison Pass TH

carry at least 1.5 gallons of water

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  • Matt

    Awesome hike in spectacular scenery!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jasen

    What a great trip, beautiful lakes, high mountain passes, and great people.

    July 11, 2013

  • Neal

    Thanks Sergiy. Perfect trip Mitch.

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are some photos from this trip:

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome!! thanks Mitch!

    July 8, 2013

  • Neal

    Ok thx Mitch. Current plan is to meet you at the trailhead on Wed. coming direct from SLC. SLC participants interested in carpooling can contact me.

    June 23, 2013

  • LD

    Sorry folks but I have to back out of the trip. Hopefully it's early enough for someone on the wait list to go. Have fun...I am completely bummed!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite the luck of experience in backpacking in USA i have a pretty good one back in Ukraine (do not think there is a big difference, but..) I'm in a very good shape and really want to join this trip. I Love places like this!!!

    May 6, 2013

  • Jasen

    I would be driving over from Oregon, about a 7-1/2 hour drive.

    May 4, 2013

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