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Backpacking In The Ruby

Check road & snow conditions in the Rubies. Find out where the trails go and how long it MAY take to get there. Photos of some of the wildlife in the Rubies. Photos of lakes in the Rubies. Wallpaper for your computer. More information about the Rubies and Elko Nevada.

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Backpacking in the Ruby has information on Trails, Wildlife, Lakes and Weather in the Ruby Mountains. Information on trails cover most of the Ruby Mountains including the 32 mile Ruby Crest Trail plus many off trail routes. There is information on Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats and Snowcock plus photos of these and many other animals such as the Black Rosy Finch that live in the Ruby Mountains. We also have a page with photos from Larry's TrailCam. The Road and Snow Report page has updated information on road and trail conditions plus information on wildlife viewing in Lamoille Canyon.

The Ruby Mountains are in north eastern Nevada. The base of the Rubies are at an elevation of 6500 feet. This mountain range is around 60 miles long and between ten to twelve miles wide. The highest peak in the Rubies is Ruby Dome at 11,387 feet. There are nine other peaks in the Rubies over 10,000 feet in elevation. The Ruby Mountains have over 20 lakes ranging from small and shallow to the largest which is Echo Lake that is 155 feet deep. There is also 90,000 acres of wilderness in the Rubies.

The Rubies are home to Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer, Mountain Lion, Wild Turkey, Ruffed and Blue Grouse just to name a few of its inhabitants. The Rubies are the only place in the United Stated that is home to a bird called the Himalayan Snowcock. These birds were transplanted to the Ruby Mountains from Pakistan in 1963 and now thrive in these mountains.

The Ruby Mountains are a great recreation area year round. During an average year you can enjoy hiking in the higher elevations from the middle of July thru October. Then from November thru May Lamoille canyon road is a great place to view wildlife like Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats which move into the canyon to spend the winter. Once Lamoille Canyon road is covered with snow it is used by snowmobiles, cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers. June is a good time to hike in the lower elevations and still play in the snow up high with your snowshoes or crampons while enjoying warm sunny temperatures, most of the time.


Things To Know:

For official conditions in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest go to the USDA Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Current Conditions web page. This page has Information on weather, winter driving, avalanches and fire restriction status. If you are away from an internet connection you can call their dispatch at 775-748-4000.

For more information and photos on the Ruby Mountains you can check out Google Earth. This program will show satellite pictures of the Ruby Mountains plus photos and other information. I have posted photos on Google Earth under the username bilnv. I also post photos on flickr for most hikes. These photos can be found in my Ruby Mountain set. There is also sets for Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats and the Ruby Crest Trail. This is over 500 photos from the Ruby Mountains.

For information on trails and other information about the Ruby Mountains check out these other great sites.

  • Ruby is a great site by George Sheaks.
  • Ruby Mountain Trails is a Blog by Sue Kennedy.
  • Grey Jay Press is a site with books for the Ruby Mountains and Great Basin.

  • Go To Information About Mountain Goats. Go To Information About Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Go To Photos of Mule Deer. Go To Information On Himalayan Snowcock. Go To Photos of Lakes.

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