Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Ruby Crest Trail is a 35 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elko, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from July until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 35.0 mi Elevation gain 10,091 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Snow

Washed out

Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Getting There

The longest trail in Ruby Mountain.

Parking are provided at both ends. At the north it's paved parking, on the south dirt parking

This depends which end you want to start. If you start at South Parking then you'll need to go to Ruby Valley Road. If you start at the north parking then you'll want to go to NF-660 all the way where it dead ends. The parking on the South you'll will have to use gps to find it because it's one of those dirt road without a signage.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (26)
Photos (43)
Recordings (16)
Completed (47)
Joseph Crowell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

Great hike. Trail is well marked.

View Joseph's Recording
A LR
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2020
Hiking

Just completed an out-and-back of the RCT, due to being solo and no operational shuttle right now (July 2020). I’m glad I got to hike it both ways, honestly. It’s beautiful, with different types of terrain, lots of lakes, peaks, and quite a bit of solitude. The northern section is the most stunning, while the southern is a bit more overgrown and in the brush. Water is abundant, except for the long and tough stretch between Furlong and Overland Creek. Definitely make time to spend at the various lakes. I’m used to having long mileage days, but I wouldn’t take that style here if you have the time. Enjoy it!

Steve Ebbens
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 4, 2020
Hiking

We hiked the Ruby Crest Trail in 2.5 hiking days, and 2 nights. Starting from the South end (Harrison Pass), we traversed along, and up and down, passing through lower elevation aspen trees with plenty of water sources, before ascending, what I felt, was the toughest ascent of the entire hike. From this point on, the scenery becomes more varied and impressive. We spent the first night at Overland Lake. It was my favorite alpine lake along the hike, it’s full of trout, and worthy of an extra night, another time. Our 2nd night was spent at the Furlong Trail junction. From the Furlong Trail junction, to the Lamoille Canyon TH, the scenery was most stunning and ever changing, with many pretty alpine lakes. We never did spot any Himalayan mountain chickens, or even any hoofed critters, but we awoke to the lovely sounds of coyotes yipping and yelping from up near Lake Peak. Very cool. Lamoille and Long canyons were the most beautiful canyons. Hike and run this trail, folks. Bring plenty of goodies and leave not a trace. Use Cowboy John’s service if a shuttle is needed. By hiking the RCT from South to North, you’ll save the best for last. Treat yourselves to 48 oz. margaritas and steak fajitas at Garibaldis Mexican restaurant, afterwards. Cheers!

View Steve's Recording
Luke Sonnet
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 24, 2020
Backpacking

Hiked north from Harrison Pass to the Lamoille Canyon trailhead on June 24. Some snow in places, but easily passable. Very few people south of Favre lake, but area around Lamoille Canyon and Liberty Pass was crowded on Saturday.

Peppiina Kiuru
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 19, 2020
HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownScrambleSnow

If you appreciate solitude, this trail is for you. We hiked in the beginning of August, and there was a lot of runoff water. Lots of wildflowers. Overland lake is absolutely beautiful, if I ever go back, I might stay over there for a day. The 14 mile hike between Favre and Overland lake is very enjoyable. There was still snow on the trail in August, I don’t recommend doing this hike early in the summer.

Brent Battenfeld
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 15, 2019
Hiking

It is a great hike, with beautiful views. The fishing was very good up through the lakes. The trail has lots of places to top off on water and the trail is very well maintained.

Bridgit Carone
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 7, 2019
Hiking

Four days 43 miles, spectacular views. Excellent trail, easy to see, no getting lost, fairly well maintained. Skill level would depend on how many days you take to hike it. Fast athletic people could do it in two days, slow paced, or children and active seniors can still do this trail just take a few more days to enjoy your pace. Go in early July for easy access to drinking water.

Brian McLeer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 5, 2019
Hiking

Beautiful hike through the spine of the Ruby Mountains. Water can be scarce between Upper Furlong Lake and Overland Lake (about a 9-mile stretch). The southern half is more exposed to the sun for stretches and lower in elevation, which can get hot after the sun rises high enough in the late morning. Recommend binoculars as bighorn sheep can be seen at the high peaks.

Brenda Fitz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 5, 2018
Backpacking

Gorgeous scenery, great hike! Downloaded this track for offline viewing, came in handy providing even more detail than our topo map at times. The trail currently is little different than this track on the approach to Favre Lake... we followed the track only to have to bushwhack... looks like they've rerouted the trail. Follow the current trail signs out on the trail and you'll find Favre no problem. Flowers were in blooms everywhere, saw goats, buck & doe, grouse, cows, pika, golden eagles, tons of butterflies and bees. Trail is overgrown somewhat in areas, but always easy to follow. And yep, the stretch without water is up and down nearly 4 peaks, so hydrate well and be ready for a good workout!

Randy Seals
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 26, 2018
Hiking

Did this hike with my wife in 2013. Awesome views. We went from Harrison Pass to S Smith creek first day. To Overland Lake second day and stayed there to relax an extra day. To Favre Lake after that and then out the last day. From overland to Favre was by far the toughest stretch. I think 13 mikes or so. 11 miles without water. Gorgeous.

William Holland
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 16, 2017
Backpacking

Amazing trail! Great camping spots, access to water (will need to filtered of course) and beautiful views. Hiked south to north, and loved it.

Kathleen Kelleher
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2017

Awesome! Be prepared: bring a water filtration pump, extra food, etc. There is a ~11mile stretch without water between overland lake and Favre. We did this in 2.5 days and 2 nights and it was a bit rushed. Bring good hiking buddies

Robert Johnson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 8, 2017

I hike this trail two weeks ago it was amazing. We saw three groups of the shaggy white sheep. The view is amazing

Annette Mills
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 21, 2016

amazing

Larry Adams
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 7, 2016
First to Review

One of my favorite places

Ahmed Tuhafi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 17, 2020
Hiking
View Ahmed's Recording
Noah Zernechel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 30, 2020
Hiking
View Noah's Recording
Luke Fitzgerald
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 30, 2019
Hiking
View Luke's Recording
Luke Fitzgerald
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 30, 2019
Hiking
View Luke's Recording
Harmony Knight
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 9, 2019
Hiking
Lamont Lougy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 3, 2019
Hiking
Dale K
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 28, 2019
Hiking
View Dale's Recording
Nick Anderson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2019
Hiking
View Nick's Recording
Vernon Slate
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2018
Hiking
View Vernon's Recording
Kristen Evans
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 10, 2018
Hiking
View Kristen's Recording
Lisa Elgin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 26, 2018
Hiking
View Lisa's Recording