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, geologically speaking. 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 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 to town and back was relatively easy as this is a popular place for day hikes and weekend trips.
***In 2018, there was a fire that closed Lamoille 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:
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