Explore the most popular lake trails near Spring Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hard to think of alpine lakes and meadows in Nevada but so similar to the Southern Alps. Refreshing after the torrid August desert and mornings are free of traffic which eventually builds up mid morning with friendly families and pets on leash. An alternative to the ubiquitous and obnoxious casino scene.

Pretty easy. We started around 5 pm and made it up and back before dark. there were A LOT of knats up top. The trail just weaves back and forth up the mountain for a while, but you walk through millions of colorful flowers, then the top of the mountain has some rocks and pine trees. We'll do it again one morning.

hiking
22 days ago

From my experience, the best route to Thomas Peak is to generally bear NW from the lake toward the chute between the north and west ridges. Note that the area north of the lake is full of seeps and so probably the best route is to start on the east side of the lake and head north, skirting east of the boggy area until you're above it, then traversing westerly up the slope. The trickiest part is finding a safe route to the very top of the ridge. I found a small chute (see uploaded track). Note that the scramble from Island Lake to Thomas Peak is very strenuous and pretty exposed. Also, it would be great if HTNF or a good samaritan would cairn a route to Thomas Peak, to reduce damage to the alpine meadows.

Great hike. There were a few steep spots but not too bad. Trail is easily seen.

Hiked it yesterday. Beautiful every turn and not very traveled especially once over the pass. Trail conditions very great. a must hike if you head to the Ruby Mtns.

Beautiful trail. Recommend going mid July to see the wildflowers

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing wildflowers this time of year (mid-July)! Fairly easy hike, would be a great family day trip. There are lots of switchbacks so you hardly even notice the elevation gain!

on Lamoille Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Fun day out with the kids. Wouldn’t class it as difficult.

Beautiful... there was still snow

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of our favorite hikes. Along the way are a number of small lakes and ponds. Lamoille Lake, right before the approach to Liberty Pass was still frozen.
Finding the way up the pass was challenging because of all the snow. Our boots got definitely wet. We used micro spikes which helped a lot with traction.
The view of frozen Liberty Lake was breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to Griswold Lake. Trail is fairly easy for the first 2.5 miles, then it gets steep with lots of boulders and lose footing. it's totally worth the effort though. The lake and the cirque are beautiful.

Make sure you get a key to make it through the gate by car and drive all the way up the road to the trailhead.

The hike to the lake is 7 miles RT with 2,800 feet elevation gain.

Very rewarding to get to this awesome lake. I wouldn’t mind fishing up here next time I go.

hiking
9 months ago

A little snowy but do able!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this with my 6 and 4 year old today. Took about an hour and 40 minutes one way. Lots of snow and ice towards the top. Great hike!

fishing
9 months ago

Fantastic hike! A great oasis from the desert valley.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike took the boys 12 9 and twin 7 year olds amazing views swimming if you don't mind very cold water. Crystal clear water....

hiking
10 months ago

Love this hike! Went yesterday and there is about a foot of snow at the lake, but some patches have melted off. I've hiked it sevaral times and I love the spring there when the snow is melting and the wild flowers are blooming and the streams are flowing.

The trail was peaceful and beautiful. Just the right amount of difficulty for someone who doesn't hike as much as she would like.

11 months ago

Nice easy hike. Beautiful scenery.

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The better hike is past Lamoille Lake to Liberty Lake. It is one of my all time favorites. I hiked there last week and found tons of wild flowers. Lamoille Lake is emerald green and full due to snow still melting. I disagree re: shade. I think there's plenty! If you like a more remote hike with few people this is it!

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

A diamond in the rough. This trail climbs to around 10,000 feet with majestic views of the ruby mountains, and passes along a handful of alpine lakes. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a good lunch!

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Monday, June 05, 2017

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
Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nice hike with great views of the canyon.

on Island Lake Trail

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great workout, not much shade though.

amazing

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This hike is challenging! The views are worth it!

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