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During Section 6 of the Nevada Trail, you'll have your greatest chance of seeing other hikers. This is because this section follows the Ruby Crest Trail in its entirety. Also a National Recreation Trail, the RCT is more popular and in so many ways wetter than the Toyiabe Crest Trail. Along this section there are not just creeks to cross, but lakes to swim in, and more snow to deal with than along the entire rest of this trail.
The Ruby Mountains are an echo of the High Sierra and some of the more rugged miles of the NVT. Also home to mountain goats, this section has lots of opportunities for wildlife encounters.
Although the RCT is popular, by Nevada Trail standards, finding a campsite is never an issue. The trail is well marked and the views never dull. The Ruby Crest Trail ends at the Lamoille Canyon Trailhead.
Reaching the end of this section in 2012, I had learned the fourth lesson of the NVT. The snow was overwhelming and I opted to head home for a few weeks to give the northern Rubies time to melt off. In 2016, my timing was much better and I was able to continue into Section 7 without waiting, and without snow to deal with.
From Lamoille Canyon Trailhead, I hitched into the town of Elko to resupply. Getting a ride from and back to here was relatively easy as this is a popular place for day hikes and weekend trips.
***Although I have not been to Lamoille Canyon since this trip, in 2018 there was a fire that closed the canyon to traffic and usage. It has since been reopened. To learn more about this fire, visit these links:
Initial Fire Report:
Fire Recovery Update:
Fire Closure Lifted Announcement:
I hope you've enjoyed this journey across Nevada as much as I did. Between wildlife sightings, miles of ridge-running, and soaking in hot springs, there was never a boring moment. I look forward to returning to the NVT for another go-thru someday and to hearing about your own adventures on this trail.
Total time to complete the NVT: 30 days
Total time to complete the HST: 110 days
Until next time, thanks for supporting the Hot Springs National Scenic Trail proposal.
In 2012, when I had returned to the Lamoille Canyon Trailhead, I hiked to Wells then returned and retrieved my car, then rewound to Wells for the final leg of the NVT, which I had completed on my mountain bike. In 2016, when I reached Wells, I hitched back to the town of Elko and went to Walmart and purchased the cheapest most comfortable bike I could find, a Schwinn Connection, then hitched back to Wells with it.
From Wells, it's possible to ride the remaining miles of the NVT. This section of trail crosses the Bishop Flats which are indeed flat.
12 miles beyond Wells, I visited a hot spring that I had been to many times before. Appropriately named 12 Mile Hot Spring, it's located on the banks of year-round Bishop Creek and shaded by sharp canyon walls.
Although the guidebook for this trail recommends bike-packing this section, the 4 people I know who have completed this trail each decided to hike it. Creeks are met every few miles during this section, Bishop and Tabor being the most reliable of them. Towards the end of this section, the bike option continues towards O'Neil Basin on dirt roads, visiting Hot Creek Hot Spring and its lake, while the hike-thru option continues up Marys River, going thru the Jarbidge Wilderness area and the remote outpost of Jarbidge, which has a post office.
After so many days of hiking, it was a pleasure to pedal, although it's certainly not necessary to complete the journey. Personally, I love multi-sport adventuring and by riding, it gave me more time to enjoy the 4 hot spring areas which are in this section, and without having to carry much water to get between them.
The Nevada Trail ends at the starting point of the Idaho Centennial Trail, which is also open to biking.
Here's a link for the bike I used to ride from Wells, NV to Stanley, ID: