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hiking
10 days ago

You will definitely need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle to access this trailhead. From the turnoff, the gravel road turns into a rutted and sometimes steep road to the end. You could camp at the base of the trailhead (we did). There are two primitive campfire rings there. The trail begins steeply through high grass and then continues higher for excellent and breathtaking views! Pictures cannot do it justice. It looks like this trail had some maintenance in the past few years, however, from this year's snowpack there is a ton of growth! Several fallen trees (we cleared some), muddy trails, and very overgrown and unclear trail sections are some issues. You do cross several creeks as well. All this is worth it though, especially for the view over the windy pass 3ish miles in! The wildflowers after spring melt are impressive as well.

Wanted to do the loop between Timbercreek and Baker but at the top of Timbercreek,at the ridge, there is 8-10' of snow. Trail is covered and not discerned. We had to come back down same trail. Snow is still heavy above 9500'.

Non stop views of an absolutely stunning canyon until you reach liberty pass and have a birds-eye view of liberty lake. This hike shattered my stereotypes of Nevada.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

You will definitely need a 4WD vehicle to get to this trailhead. You have to cross 3 creeks and the end to the Horse Canyon trailhead is quite rutted. It ends at a little meadow with a primitive campfire ring. Follow the trail to the right where there are wilderness boundary signs to begin the hike. You will have to cross the creek pretty early in the trail, so your boots will get wet especially when the creek is high. It is overgrown in spots and can be easy to get off trail (we did!) so having the GPS map is nice! The "end" (because I think it continues a bit further) is about 3.4ish miles in and has excellent views of the Santa Rosa crest. The snow clinging in the jagged peaks is pretty awesome in the springtime!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice outside of Elko. Hills, trees and streams are great for pictures.

You pass 2 lakes on the way to the saddle before you start to drop down to Liberty Lake. We ran oit of time but only made it to the saddle. We had a perfect view of liberty lake. Liberty Lake has an amazing blue-green tint. We sat at the saddle overlooking the Lake along with other ridges and peaks. Great hike.

on Island Lake Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with great views of the canyon.

on Island Lake Trail

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail to a beautiful little lake. I'd love to see this canyon in spring with the winter thaw. We will be back for sure.

9 months ago

Great workout, not much shade though.

hiking
10 months ago

Great family hike. Each step holds breath taking views. continued past the Lamoille Lake over Liberty Pass to Liberty Lake. The view was spectcular. I loved the smell and flower of wild onions growing along the trail to Liberty Lake. My ipod calculated the almost 10 miles round trip. we did come across a small search party with a dog looking for a young 20something man who has not returned since end of july. He was scouting for deer.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice, with well designed switchbacks. The lake is beautiful, and the brook trout eager. The trail is fairly heavily used.

Beautiful trail, well maintained. Trailhead placard has it as 2 miles one way, but I thought it was longer, so on the way down I set my Fitbit timer, stayed completely on trail (no shortcuts), and went pretty much straight down without stopping. It tracked it as 2.59 miles and took me 1 hour and 6 minutes to go down. (I'm slow, my faster kid was about 15 minutes ahead of me). Speaking of kids, I took 6 with me, their ages are 14, 13, 13, 12, 9, and 7. They all did the hike without complaint. We took water, peanuts, peanut butter crackers, oranges, and bananas to snack on at the top. Hardly any litter on the trail which made me happy. In July there was still some snow in shady spots, the kids loved playing with it, (especially the Arizona kids!). Dollar lakes were beautiful, but Lamoille Lake was breath taking, the views down the canyon were awesome too! Lamoille Lake was cold, but a few brave teenage boys swam and my kids had a competition to see who could stand calf deep the longest. I even saw someone catch a little rainbow trout. Great day hike, took us around 4 hours and that was with at least an hour to hour and a half playing and exploring at the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

this hike offered excellent views for hundreds of miles. there are chances to see wildlife and a beautiful array of wildflowers. the only problem is that there isn't really a set trail. you follow the road until it ends and then you basically summit the peak via the easiest route possible, which can be sketchy at times. other than that major flaw (which seems common in this unmaintained wilderness), it was beautiful and you felt truly alone in the vastness.

for the little mileage, this hike offers a lot! amazing views, water fall, and a lake at the end.